Simeone is never in doubt of Morata’s finishing prowess

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Alvaro Morata of Spain trains during the Spain Training Session at Wembley Arena on September 7, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Alvaro Morata of Spain trains during the Spain Training Session at Wembley Arena on September 7, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Diego Simeone has shown his support to new signing Alvaro Morata as he praised his finishing ability in a recent interview.

The Argentine boss pinpointed that Morata will be pivotal in Atletico Madrid’s chase for trophies on all fronts this season.

Morata is set to make his full debut when Simeone’s men trade tackles with Betis on Sunday.

The 26-year-old’s arrival received mixed reactions from the fans considering the Spaniard’s prior association with Real Madrid, coupled with his struggles at Chelsea.

Nevertheless, Simeone highlighted finishing as his new signing’s major asset at a news conference on Saturday, while talking up a potential pairing with star man Antoine Griezmann as Diego Costa battles to recover from foot surgery.

“Morata is an important player for us,” said the Atletico boss via FourFourTwo. “We will have four strikers to end the season and he’s compatible with the other three, with Griezmann, Costa and [Nikola] Kalinic.

“He gives us different possibilities since he’s a finisher striker. Costa’s attributes are his speed, power, and ability to exploit space.

“Kalinic is more a positional player and Griezmann, you all know, feels more comfortable if he has a reference point playing ahead.

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“With Morata we have a finisher striker again.”

Simeone equally gave an insight into the triple El Clasico games, insisting the tripleheader won’t do him any favour in the course of the title race.

“We don’t look at those things. I think it’s always a privilege to play a cup semi-final or any other tournament,” he said, with Atletico five points behind Liga leaders Barca in second and the same amount ahead of Madrid.

“To play a semi-final is always a great thing for the fans, the club, the players and the coach…Valencia, Betis, Real Madrid, and Barcelona have that privilege and I would have loved to be in their position.

“I don’t focus on whether we will have some advantage or not and, looking at the team’s characteristics and being an experienced coach, I think it’s better to play more games, better to play than just train.”