Alvaro Morata: Atletico Madrid man's pre-season training mishap goes viral

In case you were unaware, Alvaro Morata will be playing his football with Atletico Madrid in 2022/23.

The Spanish striker has spent the past two seasons on loan at Juventus, where he was in and out of the starting XI.

Juve had the option to sign Morata on a permanent basis for €35 million this summer, but they ultimately decided not to cough up the cash.

A statement from the Italian club on the matter read: “Alvaro Morata’s adventure at Juventus has come to an end. The Spanish forward, on loan from Atletico Madrid over the last two seasons, leaves the Bianconeri for the second time and returns to the ranks of the Colchoneros.

“Good luck in your future, Alvaro. And thanks for everything!”

So, Morata has returned to the city of his birth and a club where first-team football may not be overly easy to come by in the near future.

Atletico already have Joao Felix, Antoine Griezmann, Matheus Cunha and Angel Correa competing for the striker roles in the team.

Alvaro Morata in action with Atletico Madrid
MADRID, SPAIN – DECEMBER 14: Alvaro Morata of Atletico Madrid celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and CA Osasuna at Wanda Metropolitano on December 14, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Morata may struggle to move ahead of that very talented quartet in the pecking order. Well, unless he wows manager Diego Simeone during the team’s pre-season campaign.

Unfortunately for the ex-Chelsea man, he doesn’t appear to be firing on all cylinders ahead of the 2022/23 season.

Footage of Morata’s attempt at scoring in training after dribbling up the pitch with the ball has gone viral on social media – and for all the wrong reasons.

Check out the video clip…

Video: Morata’s attempt at scoring in Atletico training

Fan reaction

Oh dear.

Morata has so many good qualities, from his blistering pace for a tall man to his ability to hold the ball up and link the play.

However, there haven’t been many top-level strikers in the modern era who consistently look bereft of confidence when shooting at goal.

Morata has scored plenty throughout his career, 180 at club level to be exact, but you just never feel as if he’s going to ripple the back of the net when presented with the chance to do so.

Alvaro Morata takes a penalty for Atletico Madrid
MADRID, SPAIN – MARCH 07: Álvaro Morata of Atletico Madrid scores his team’s first goal from the penalty spot during the Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Sevilla FC at Wanda Metropolitano on March 07, 2020 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

The Spain international will hope to find his shooting boots during Atletico’s actual pre-season games, which start on July 27th.

Simeone’s side will play CD Numancia, Manchester United and Cadiz over the course of eight days, before their La Liga opener against Getafe on August 15th.

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