Spain striker Alvaro Morata believes his clash with old friends when the European champions take on Italy at Euro 2016 on Monday is one of the biggest game of his young career.
Morata is joint top scorer in the tournament with three goals from three games, but will face the unique challenge of having former Juventus teammates Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and Gianluigi Buffon blocking his route to goal.
The 23-year-old’s return to Real Madrid was confirmed last week after a glorious two-year spell in Turin as he won back-to-back league and Cup doubles and led Juventus to the Champions League final in 2015.
“If the coach starts me tomorrow it is one of the most important fixtures in my career,” said Morata on Sunday.
“It is tough to come up against them, but I am playing for Spain and my teammates have allowed me to relax.
“At Juventus I improved a lot tactically. For a striker, playing in Italy is very difficult and I learned how to play against an Italian defence.”