The player didn’t have the best night against the Old Lady in Turin last night.
Cristiano Ronaldo has had some legendary nights over the course of his incredible Champions League career. It’s possible, though, that none have been as legendary as the one on Tuesday night. Juventus went into their last-16 second-leg clash against Atletico Madrid needing something of a miracle to qualify for the next round, having lost 2-0 in the Spanish capital three weeks ago.
Atletico are widely regarded as having the best defence in world football. They’re experienced, tactically astute and they had not conceded a goal for over a month. Indeed, they were on a run of five consecutive clean sheets in the Champions League. The defeat was damning to Atletico and frustration was visible in the faces of capital side’s players. Diego Godin took a dig at this Atletico Madrid’s player following the defeat.
Atletico Madrid crashed out of the Champions League at the hands of Juventus on Tuesday night and captain Diego Godin has effectively pointed the finger at Alvaro Morata. The beaten finalists in 2014 & 2016 as well as last season’s Europa League winners travelled to Turin with a two-goal advantage from the first-leg and their defensive record was seen as an advantage in their quest to reach this season’s quarter-final.
However, they were haunted by an old nemesis as former Real Madrid superstar netted a hat-trick which ensured the Serie A leaders overcame the deficit to join Manchester United, Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur in the last eight.
Despite largely being at fault for Ronaldo’s opener, the Uruguay international blamed the defeat on a lack of goal threat which doesn’t make good reading for Morata and Antoine Griezmann. “We couldn’t find a way to hurt them,” Godin told reporters after the game.
“We defended but conceded goals. We didn’t look like scoring a goal, which was needed for the tie. We weren’t surprised by Juve at all. We knew it’d be a difficult match, against tough opponents who would play. They defended well and attacked well. They were careful and smart, while we couldn’t find the goal we needed. We’ll keep going until the end of the season, giving everything like always. We’re the ones who suffer the most and regret this result. We wanted to go through. Now we must pick ourselves back up and keep fighting until the end like always.”
The Spaniard completed 90 minutes against former club Juventus but showed little sign of an understanding with strike partner Antoine Griezmann. Morata is still having lack of confidence following his tenure at West London. It’s unfair of Godin to blame a single player for the defeat. Alvaro’s performance in the first leg was surely one of the reason for victory for Atletico Madrid and Godin shouldn’t forget that.