Juventus striker Alvaro Morata struggled to contain mixed emotions after eliminating his boyhood club, Real Madrid, in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
The 22-year-old opted to leave the Santiago Bernabeu for the Serie A champions in July 2014 after failing to win over coach Carlo Ancelotti and has since reignited his career in Turin.
Madrid’s decision to let go of Morata came back to haunt them in the Champions League, with the forward scoring in both Juventus’s 2-1 home win as well as Wednesday’s 1-1 draw in the return, which saw their title defence come to an end.
“This is exceptional. I was very emotional to score a goal but it was a bittersweet feeling,” Morata told Canal+.
“It was quite hard not to celebrate the goal. It was a weird feeling but I would react the same again a thousand times.
“It was hard to play against Madrid. I have to thank the fans who have always supported me.”
The striker added that Barcelona will be tough opponents in June’s final but is adamant that there are no favourites in such a game.
“We have fought hard to make it to the final but it does not end here,” he enthused. “We now want to win the Champions League and make history.
“The match against Barcelona will be different because they are a great team but we must not stop dreaming. They are not favourites when one game decides it all. We are a great team as well.”