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Alvaro Morata talks Griezmann, Simeone, Vinicius, failed Barcelona move: “Xavi called me”



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With the international break underway, footballers have a relaxed schedule giving them time to do interviews and discuss about various things football.

Atletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata appeared on Cadena SER’s El Larguero recently where he discussed several topics including his future at the club and the failed transfer to Barcelona during the January transfer window, apart from various other subjects.

The ex-Real Madrid striker was strongly linked with a transfer to Barcelona in January earlier this year, even though he was on loan at Juventus at the time. And Morata has confirmed that he did hold talks with the Catalans’ manager, Xavi, but the Bianconeri blocked the move.

“There was interest from Barça, yes, Xavi called me, I spoke to him. We talked about football, a little of everything and the truth is that it is to be appreciated, that a coach and a former player like Xavi takes you into account, it makes one feel good,” Morata said.

“In the end last winter I had 4 -5 very very good options, but Allegri told me no. He wanted me to accompany Vlahovic, the striker added.

Morata also talked about his Atletico Madrid teammate Antoine Griezmann and his difficult game-time situation at the club, saying:

“He is admirable. Always smiling. And it must be difficult to always be with a smile, helping, and that is not always seen. It is something to be proud of.”

“I would take it worse… he is generous on his part in the face of a team that does not show it. I don’t know how he really is, but you see him train and you see him committed and motivated. He is an example for the other players,” Morata further added.

There had been speculations that Morata’s relationship with manager Diego Simeone had been strained. Responding to those rumours, the striker said:

“I have never had a problem with Simeone, in fact, sometimes we joke. My relationship with him is phenomenal. He’s my boss and it’s a relationship of respect. The rumours of a bad relationship are things that I don’t know where they came from.”

Morata also had a few words to say about the recent unsavoury incidents at the Civitas Metropolitano involving the racist abuse against Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr this past weekend.

“It is unacceptable that episodes like this happen, that a 21-year-old boy has to listen to all the things he has to listen to on a football field. That is unacceptable. It should not be allowed and unfortunately, it happens,” he said.

When asked if he wishes to end his career at Atletico, Morata said: “Well, whatever I say… meme! (laughs) the truth is that yes, I am at home and I would love to win titles here.”

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Atletico lash out at referee’s decision during Real Madrid clash: “They create such pressure”



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Real Madrid’s win over Atletico Madrid once again showed the European Champions’ ability to fight back even from the deepest of troughs and come back on top. The men in white were a goal down with 15 minutes to spare but forced extra time and managed to advance to the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey.

However, the game was not without its own share of controversy. One of the biggest moments came in the 71st minute when Dani Ceballos avoided a red card that would have changed the course of the game. Ironically, Atletico Madrid had Stefan Savic sent off in extra time to help Real Madrid progress.

To give context Ceballos was already on a yellow card for making an unnecessary challenge in the 69th minute of the game. Two minutes later, he appeared to have caught Thomas Lemar near the knee.

Atletico Madrid thus demanded that he get a second yellow and receive his marching orders. Given that the Rojiblancos were already up a goal, it could have changed the course of the game. But the referee did not show a second yellow to the Real Madrid midfielder.

Los Rojiblancos are far from happy with the refereeing at Santiago Bernabeu and have released an official statement via their CEO, Miguel Angel Gil Marin, regarding their displeasure. The statement is as follows:

“With 0-1, in the 71st minute, playing the place for the Copa semifinals in their own stadium, leaving Real Madrid with 10 players is big words.

“Real Madrid is a club with a very strong environment, with many interests around it. They create such pressure that it’s normal to affect the people who must make decisions. They [referees] are aware of what awaits them if they made a mistake.”

Clearly, the accusation from Diego Simeone’s side goes far beyond the events of the derby and makes a contentious general statement about Real Madrid’s influence on matches.

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