Marco Asensio has denied that his situation is anything like that of former teammate Alvaro Morata, who left Real Madrid last summer after growing frustrated at a lack of playing time.
Alvaro Morata joined Chelsea last summer after he was often left on the bench last season by coach Zinedine Zidane, despite scoring 20 goals over the course of the campaign after rejoining the club from Juventus in summer 2016.
Asensio, who scored on both his most recent La Liga starts, is expected to come into the XI for Tuesday’s Champions League Group H game at Apoel Nicosia, with fellow back-ups Jesus Vallejo and Dani Ceballos also in line to start due to Zidane’s rotation policy and injury list.
“Morata’s case is very different [than mine],” Asensio told the prematch news conference. “When he returned to Madrid, he wanted to be more important. I am 21, just starting out in this. I always want to take advantage of the playing time I get from the coach, whether 15 or 20 minutes, or when starting, so that I can be counted on for important games in future.”
“I like to have responsibility and feel very comfortable bringing things to the team,” he said. “I do not feel under pressure, more that I like to have this pressure to demonstrate all that I can on the pitch. I’ve started the season well, scored goals, and I want to keep doing well for the team.”
Asensio was asked to sum up teammate Cristiano Ronaldo’s current mood, with the Portuguese having scored just one goal in the 2017-18 La Liga so far, but also netting six times in the first four Champions League group games.
“I see Cristiano very good as always, very motivated,” he said. “In La Liga he is not having luck in front of goal, but he always returns to form. He’ll get back to the numbers we are used to seeing.