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Italy defender Bonucci fears Juventus pal Morata will have a major point to prove when they face Spain in Euro 2020 semi


LEONARDO BONUCCI fears his pal Alvaro Morata will have a major point to prove at Wembley tonight.

The suffering Spain striker has been more miss than hit during these Euros despite his team’s sudden goal explosion to reach the semi-finals.

Alvaro Morata has endured a difficult tournament so far

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Alvaro Morata has endured a difficult tournament so farCredit: Getty

And Morata, 28, has already been written off by most English fans after a miserable 18 months at Chelsea following his £60million move from Real Madrid.

But Bonucci, 34, knows exactly what Morata has to offer after playing together for Juventus last season.

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He says: “Alvaro is a great friend and we have spent a lot of time together in Turin.

“I have really been struck by what he has had to go through because I also know what it feels like to read certain things and hear the criticism.

“That is why I have always been behind him and given him my support because he is a wonderful person, a great guy, a terrific father and a brilliant footballer.

“He’s a complete striker because he can run into space high up the pitch, he can make late runs and he holds the ball up well.



Leonardo Bonucci is wary of the threat posed by Morata ahead of their semi-final

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Leonardo Bonucci is wary of the threat posed by Morata ahead of their semi-finalCredit: Getty

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“He’s one of the best centre-forwards in world football and we will need to be very switched on to keep an eye on him.”

Juve have just paid £9m to extend Morata’s loan from Atletico Madrid for another year after scoring 20 goals in all competitions for the Italian giants last season.

They can sign him permanently for £40m next summer.

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