Alvaro Morata reacts to Champions League win against former club, Real Madrid

Juventus fans

The Juventus striker played a key role, as his side secured a first-leg advantage against the reigning champions.

Speaking with Spanish broadcaster Teledeportes, via AS, following the 2-1 triumph against Real Madrid in Turin, Alvaro Morata offered his initial reactions.

Regarding his own excellent display, rated as man of the match by WhoScored, plus his goal, the 22-year-old acknowledged: "I'm happy to have won, but beating Real Madrid was always going to be tough."

Given his Real Madrid background, whilst content with the victory at home for Juventus, Morata pointed out: "Winning is positive, but we know that at the Bernabeu, they're even more dangerous. We'll have to do a lot of hard work during this week, ahead of the second-leg."

Clearly the young forward still has a lot of good friends at Real Madrid, but when they face one another on the pitch, he cautioned: "They're only my friends off the pitch."

In the build up to the encounter, following suggestions of a future return to Real Madrid, which were strongly denied by the player himself, Morata wished to clarify: "My words have been misinterpreted: Not a single bad word towards Madrid has left my lips. I already said that I wasn't going to celebrate the goal."

Following that and aiming to put speculation of a Real Madrid return, firmly to bed, Morata added: "I'm grateful to the boss [Ancelotti] and the club, but I'm happy here at Juventus."

Finally and quizzed whether he feels a 2-1 lead will be enough, when Juventus head to the Bernabeu, Morata admitted frankly: "We don't have any advantage playing against Real Madrid. They have a great team and they'll make things really difficult for us."

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