Real Madrid | Scores brace against Granada
Despite having not been a regular starter for much of the campaign, Alvaro Morata is having the best goalscoring season of his career and was not shy in declaring that he expected to play more football since rejoining Real Madrid in the summer.
His brace helped Los Blancos ease past already relegated Granada as Zinedine Zidane’s charges continue to fight for success on two fronts.
Following a phenomenal spell in Turin with Juventus, the 24-year-old was brought back to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu as part of the initial deal which took him to Italy, yet the forward was not shy in making clear he felt he would have played more football this term.
“Did I expect to play more? Sure, but I’m always ready for the coach when he needs me and that is the most important thing,” he explained.
Whilst the Spanish international is a little unhappy with his role at the club, he refused to be drawn on his own future, preferring instead to talk about his determination to help Los Blancos secure a domestic and continental double.
“I don’t think about my own personal achievements, I want to win LaLiga and the Champions League as every other player in the squad does, it is going to be a very difficult end to the season but we know if we win every match then we will be champions in two competitions.”
His double against Tony Adams’ team actually took Morata to the 20 goal mark in all competitions this term with it his highest ever return since turning professional and he made perfectly clear that he is simply trying to make the most of his chances.
“I would like to play every minute of every match, as everyone does, I always want to go and score goals yet I am aware there are times when this isn’t possible,” he continued.
Karim Benzema remains the club’s first-choice starting striker despite the increasingly concerning inconsistencies within his game, yet he actually has a worse goal haul than the summer signing, something that the former academy graduate is eager to ignore.
“This is something for other people to talk about, not me, I don’t care if I score more goals than a teammate, I just want to score and I have 20 which is a good number.”
LaLiga success has become somewhat of an obsession for those in power at Valdebebas this season yet neither tournament holds preference over the other in the forward’s mind.
“It has been a long time since we won the league but the Champions League is the Champions League, we have to win every match we have left and if we do that then we will do well.”
Vazquez is another of Real Madrid’s young stars that hasn’t necessarily been utilised as a regular starter this term but has contributed when given the chance by the French coach.
The Spaniard started the clash with Granada and was a constant menace down the right flank and he was clearly enthused by the victory which keeps Los Blancos’ pursuit of the domestic title alive and kicking.
“Today we were very eager to take the three points and we have done this, we are very excited to be able to win two trophies,” he explained.
Zidane’s rotated selection shone on Saturday evening with the 25-year-old making clear that every single person with the club’s squad has the ability and determination to succeed.
“We are all part of Real Madrid, we are all talented and the good thing is, whoever is selected comes out and does their job well.”
Barcelona kept their slender advantage at the top of LaLiga with a 4-1 victory over Villarreal, although the former Espanyol midfielder refused to think too much about what the Blaugrana did in their matches.
“Barcelona can win or lose, we are only interested in Real Madrid and our results,” he concluded.