Alvaro Morata was involved in an ugly altercation with Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri over the weekend.
The Spaniard clashed with the Bianconeri manager moments after being substituted during their 2-0 victory over Genoa at home.
It was a draining contest for the Juventus striker, who has scored just once in his last eleven Serie A appearances. Morata struggled to get himself into dangerous positions against Andriy Shevchenko’s side, not for lack of trying.
Morata’s frustrations boiled over as he trudged off the pitch to be replaced by Moise Kean when Allegri attempted to embrace him.
Allegri made an attempt shortly after the contest to defuse the situation. The former AC Milan manager emphasized a misunderstanding between himself and Morata, stating that it was not his intention to replace 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.”
Morata was cautioned for dissent following a collision with Genoa central defender Davide Biraschi.
This is not the first time this season that Allegri’s post-match interview has veered toward the striker’s form or frustrations. On numerous occasions this season, the Italian manager has defended Morata in the face of mounting criticism.