Alvaro Morata had a kick out at Diego Costa upon being told to do so by Jose Mourinho
Morata signed his first professional contract in 2010 for Real Madrid under Jose Mourinho’s tutelage. As expected, game time was hard to come by with Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain being ahead of him in the pecking order. Consequently, the youngster was ready to do anything asked of him by his manager.
Current United boss, Mourinho asked the young Spaniard to “fight” in the Madrid derby. This led to him putting in a heavy challenge against Diego Costa. Morata was speaking of Mourinho’s influence on the early stage of his career to broadcaster Movistar. He said, “He has character, took care of the homegrown players.”
“He gave me the first big contract with Madrid and he told me, ‘If you get it right you will not have to work in your life.’ I did not focus from the first moment, I was 17-years-old and trained to have fun, not to be a Madrid player or to have to support my family.”
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“Mourinho told me I had to focus on me. He gave me the alternative. I played with Nacho in the reserves and he told us that we had to fight hard, that is what he wanted, what he likes.”
Speaking of the incident, Morata said, “Mourinho told the two of us that in the Caledron [against Atletico Madrid] we had to fight. I almost took out Diego Costa. I gave him a brutal kick.”
However, the Spaniard did point out that it did not affect his relationship with Costa. “Sometimes I remind Costa and we laugh,” he added.
Morata recently made his return from an unfortunate back injury that his kept him on the shelf for the better part of 2018. His comeback has come at just the right time for Chelsea as they prepare to face Barcelona in the Champions League next week.
This incident shows what Mourinho expects of his players and how far Morata was willing to go to come through the ranks at Bernabeu. Things were not to be however, as both of them ply their trade in the Premier League now and with distinction.