Alvaro Morata tells FourFourTwo what being a striker in this era is really all about. The Spaniard talks about working in training on scoring all types of goals but balancing selfish play for the sake of the team.
You’re a good finisher with both feet – how big an advantage is that?
“It’s huge. Logically, you have double the chance of scoring. It’s the same with your head, which I’ve now spent years working on in training. It’s always been a part of the game, which I’ve enjoyed.”
There are very few pure goal scorers in the modern game – why do you they’ve vanished over the years?
“In the past, you used to have much bigger strikers or forwards whose only job was to score goals. Now teams need their forwards to move more, to look for spaces between defenders and to play with their backs to goal. The modern striker is much more than a goal scorer.”
A lot of teams play with one striker in attack – what attributes do you need to be a success in this position?
“You’ve got to be more intelligent than the defenders. I try to be constantly on the move to lose my marker. If you are too static, it will be easy for two centre-backs to mark you and keep you out of the game.”
As a striker, is it good to have a selfish streak? Do you need a certain type of personality to be a goal scorer?
“Sometimes you need to be selfish, but sometimes not. It’s important that a centre-forward has the anxiety to score goals for themselves because that’s their job on the pitch, but you can’t be an egotist with your team-mates, only with the demands you place on yourself, in terms of the number of goals you try to score. I am the sort of guy that always wants more.”