Real Madrid youngster Alvaro Morata has credited former coach Jose Mourinho for improving his game at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The ‘Special One’ has since left Spain to return to Chelsea but has had a lasting effect on the 20-year-old who played particularly well during Real Madrid’s 2-0 victory over Malaga.
“I want to thank Jose Mourinho,” Morata told Marca, “who drilled it into my head that if you don’t work and toil, you’re like likely to play.”
The Real Madrid Castilla product made his debut for the senior team under Mourinho in 2011, and has gone from strength to strength, marked by his inclusion in the starting-eleven against Los Boquerones.
Morata terrorised the opposition with predatory runs into the box, demonstrating a great deal of hard work that didn’t go unnoticed by the fans.
“The appreciation I get from the people at the club and the fans is incredible. I am truly grateful. I am trying to pay them back with hard work and goals. The work is done and goals will come.” the young striker concluded.
Morata will be looking to earn himself a place in Carlo Ancelotti’s team to face Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
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