Alvaro Morata refuses to celebrate Juventus goals against Real Madrid

Alvaro Morata

The young Spanish striker demonstrated restraint, respectful of his former club.

Clearly, it was going to be an encounter Alvaro Morata would relish, but ahead of the Champions League clash between Juventus and Real Madrid, the striker had promised not to celebrate if he scored.

This, a clear signal of his continued respect and support, for the club who made him the player he is today. Morata having being a product of the Real Madrid youth system, and a winning Champions League finalist with Los Blancos, last season.

As fate would have it, Juventus made the best possible start in the semi-final first-leg; Morata edging his side ahead with a simple finish, after Casillas had parried an initial attempt from Tevez.

The Juventus players celebrated joyously, congratulating Morata, but respectful of his former club, the 22-year-old chose not to share their enthusiasm.

After Cristiano Ronaldo levelled the game at 1-1, there would be another key moment involving Morata. Looking for a second goal, he was hacked down by Marcelo. The referee let play continue, but then had no choice but to award a penalty, when Carlos Tevez was subsequently felled inside the area by Dani Carvajal.

Tevez dispatched the penalty with calmness, then wheeled away in jubilant celebration, but Morata was once again muted, unwilling to participate with quite the same euphoria as his team-mates.

Interestingly, having only joined Juventus last summer from his boyhood club, Morata has been tipped for a return to Real Madrid at the end of the season, by sections of the Spanish press.

When Real Madrid sold Morata to Juventus for €20 million, they also retained a clause option to buy the striker back. However, his agent has suggested on numerous occasions, that isn't likely to happen, with the player happy with his key role in Turin.

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