Juventus striker Alvaro Morata found himself in the headlines for the wrong reasons again, after becoming embroiled in an ugly touchline argument with Massimiliano Allegri
The Spaniard came to blows with the Bianconeri manager immediately after being substituted during their 2-0 home victory against Genoa.
It was a frustrating contest for the Juventus hitman who has only found the net once in his last eleven Serie A matches.
While not for the want of trying, Morata struggled to get himself into any dangerous positions against Andriy Shevchenko’s side.
And as Morata trudged off the pitch to be replaced by Moise Kean, Morata’s frustrations boiled over when Allegri tried to embrace him.
Shortly after the contest, Allegri did his best to try and pour cold water over the situation.
The former AC Milan boss emphasised a confusion between himself and Morata, as it was not his original plan to substitute the Spanish international.
“I had not decided to replace him but he got booked and I preferred to take him off,” Allegri explained after the match.
“It was nothing and I am sorry, because Alvaro played a great game, even without scoring.”
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Morata was given a yellow card for dissent after a coming together with Genoa central defender Davide Biraschi.
It is not the first time this season, Allegri’s post-match interview has veered towards the form or frustrations of the 29-year-old striker.
The Italian boss came to Morata’s defence in the face of mounting criticism on many occasions this season.
After being booed and whistled off by Juventus supporters during the Turin side’s frustrating 1-0 home defeat against Atalanta, Allegri praised Morata’s performance and described it as “One of his best games”.
“I want to make something clear: On Saturday, Morata played one of the best games since the beginning of the season,” he said after that game.
“I think he was among the best on the pitch and judgements must be given objectively. Either I don’t understand or there are prejudices against him.
“I don’t like it (questions about Morata). About Morata there is a persistence (from the media) and it is not good.”
Despite Morata’s touchline dispute with Allegri, Juventus’ victory against Genoa was their fourth Serie A win in five matches.
Another former Chelsea player, Juan Cuadrado opened the scoring for Juventus with a bizarre curling effort which came directly from a corner.
While they perhaps should have put the game beyond Shevchenko’s side earlier, Paulo Dybala sealed the victory in the closing stages of the match with his fifth Serie A goal of the season.
“He told us that he meant to cross it,” Dybala told DAZN when asked about Cuadrado’s goal direct from the corner kick.
“We dominated the whole game, the defenders did well to push us forward. We were obviously calmer after Cuadrado’s goal, but we should have finished it off sooner.”
After an abysmal start to the season, Juventus have now moved up to fifth position where they are knocking on the door of Champions League football.
They are currently trailing fourth place Atalanta, who have won their last five Serie A matches in a row.