Morata says playing van Dijk is 'like you hit a mountain'

‘When you go against van Dijk it seems like you hit a mountain’: Atletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata includes Liverpool star among the three toughest defenders he’s faced

  • Alvaro Morata’s career has taken him from Spain, to Italy, to England and back
  • Atletico Madrid striker managed to get the better of Virgil van Dijk this season
  • The 27-year-old also namechecks Giorgio Chiellini and Sergio Ramos in list 

Alvaro Morata has named the three toughest defenders he’s come up against in his career so far – and there’s a place for Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk.

The Spaniard’s playing days so far have taken him from Spain, to Italy, to England and back to his homeland again.

But there are few who have made such an impression on the Atletico Madrid striker as last year’s PFA Player of the Season.

Alvaro Morata said going against Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk is like hitting a mountain

Morata has named the Liverpool centre-back as one of his three toughest opponents

Juventus veteran Giorgio Chiellini and Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos also make the cut. 

‘Chiellini, I don’t know if he does it on purpose, but when he meets me, he always destroys me,’ Morata told AS.

‘Sergio Ramos is also a tough defender, while when you go against [Virgil] Van Dijk it seems like you hit a mountain,’ the forward said.

The 27-year-old also namechecked Spain and former Real Madrid team-mate Sergio Ramos

The Atletico Madrid striker admits that Juventus veteran Giorgio Chiellini ‘always destroys me’

Morata was team-mates with Chiellini in his days at Juventus and has also lined up alongside his Spanish compatriot Ramos during his days at Real Madrid.

The former Chelsea man came up against van Dijk this season when Atleti drew Liverpool in the last-16 of the Champions League.

The 27-year-old was able to get the better of his opposite number this time as Atletico stormed to a 4-2 aggregate victory over the European champions. 

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