Juventus striker Alvaro Morata could be about to join an elect selection of players to win the Champions League back-to-back.
Whilst the feat has never been achieved by an club, the trick has been pulled by a select few players over the last few years. Marcel Desailly, Paulo Sousa, Gerard Pique and Samuel Eto’o make up the exclusive list.
Despite the chance of a second successive Champions League win for Morata, he backs his teams hard work and dedication for their European success this season.
Speaking to Squawka the forward said: “We have worked very hard this season and the team deserve to be in the final. Naturally it felt very good and I’m just happy that I was able to help us reach our goal.
“The team has such a strong spine. When you look at [Gianluigi] Buffon in goal, [Giorgio] Chiellini, [Andrea] Pirlo, [Carlos] Tevez: this gives so much balance.
"Of course, I could list the rest of the team because every player has given so much this campaign. We are a close unit and this is also important.”
Morata is set to play his former team Real Madrid’s local rivals Barcelona in Saturday’s final.
Morata will be used alongside Tevez as Juventus’ main attacking options for the final. He will need to out-score the likes of Luis Suarez, Leo Messi and Neymar if Juventus are to run out winners on Saturday evening.
Gravity of the task
Despite the glamour of the occasion, Morata is more than aware of the weight of expectation on his shoulders and the gravity of the task at hand.
He continued: “Everybody knows how good this Barcelona team are. [Gerard] Pique and [Javier] Mascherano have been solid at the back and do not concede many goals. As for the front three, they have scored over 100 goals between them and they’re all in great form.
“We will have to work even harder to limit their chances.”
"To score a goal in a Champions League final is a dream for any player"
His ultimate goal
Morata has now scored 14 times since his move to Italy has has notched a total of 70 career goals for Real Madrid, Castilla and Juventus. But on a personal note Morata has his own ambitions going into the game.
He said: “To score a goal in a Champions League final is a dream for any player. Barcelona have consistently been one of the best teams in the world in the last decade so scoring against them will be very sweet.”