Italy defender Bonucci fears Juventus pal Morata will have a major point to prove when they face Spain in Euro 2020 semi

Italy defender Bonucci fears Juventus pal Morata will have a major point to prove when they face Spain in Euro 2020 semi

July 5, 2021

LEONARDO BONUCCI fears his pal Alvaro Morata will have a major point to prove at Wembley tonight.

The suffering Spain striker has been more miss than hit during these Euros despite his team’s sudden goal explosion to reach the semi-finals.

And Morata, 28, has already been written off by most English fans after a miserable 18 months at Chelsea following his £60million move from Real Madrid.

But Bonucci, 34, knows exactly what Morata has to offer after playing together for Juventus last season.

He says: “Alvaro is a great friend and we have spent a lot of time together in Turin.

“I have really been struck by what he has had to go through because I also know what it feels like to read certain things and hear the criticism.

“That is why I have always been behind him and given him my support because he is a wonderful person, a great guy, a terrific father and a brilliant footballer.

“He’s a complete striker because he can run into space high up the pitch, he can make late runs and he holds the ball up well.

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“He’s one of the best centre-forwards in world football and we will need to be very switched on to keep an eye on him.”

Juve have just paid £9m to extend Morata’s loan from Atletico Madrid for another year after scoring 20 goals in all competitions for the Italian giants last season.

They can sign him permanently for £40m next summer.

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