Alvaro Morata has commented on Jose Mourinho’s relationship with Real Madrid’s players and his attitude towards the team’s youth products.
Castilla graduate Morata started and scored in last weekend’s League win over Rayo, before having to be pulled off near the half-hour mark after Sergio Ramos’ early red card.
Morata, who again in the senior squad this weekend, was asked about Mourinho’s approach with him, in light of Jese Rodriguez’ complaints that he hasn’t had a chance in the senior squad.
“Mourinho is close to the players - he gives us advice, jokes with us and treats the younger players very well,” affirmed Morata to reporters today.
“Players like me who have risen from the academy and the reserves try to take his advice on board because he is the best Coach in the world.
“The other day I got the chance to play in La Liga, I felt comfortable and tomorrow I hope to get the chance to play even if it’s just for a few minutes.
“When I saw the sending-off I knew it would be my turn because that is what normally happens. We needed to take off the centre-forward to bring on a defender.
“Whenever I come on to the pitch I am going to give 100 per cent. The boss knows that, the whole coaching team knows it.
“Jese? We all know how the guy plays. He is doing a spectacular job. I think the issue is over and if he keeps working this way everything will come his way
“He is completely focused on Real Madrid Castilla’s next game. I have talked to him and he’s totally focused on winning that match.”
Morata was talking ahead of Madrid’s trip to relegation candidates Deportivo.
“It will be difficult. They are going to give it their all.
“Their players want to keep their places in the team with their new Coach and get out of the difficult situation that they find themselves in.
“And they have the players to do it.”
Madrid then have games with Barcelona and Manchester United coming up after this weekend.
“They are two very different teams, both of them are in the hunt for the Champions League title. We take each game as it comes and if the team continues to fire on all cylinders I am confident that we can win both titles.
“Vilanova’s absence? It’s a difficult situation, but I’m sure the Coach is on top of it. Nonetheless, the important game right now is the one tomorrow against Deportivo and afterwards we can focus on the games against Barcelona and Manchester, which will be the crucial ones this season.
“It will be a big ask, but this team has what it takes to get the result in both matches.”
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