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Sports 'I can't be liked by everyone' - Spain's Alvaro Morata addresses Euro 2021 criticism

07:55  19 june  2021
07:55  19 june  2021 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Alvaro Morata says that he is unfazed by criticism of his performances for Spain , and that he " can ' t be liked by everone" ahead of his country' s Group E clash with Poland at Euro 2020 on Saturday. Luis Enrique' s side completed more passes than any other nation in their opening game against Sweden in " I 've been working since the Under-17 s to be here and play these tournaments. " I can ' t be liked by everyone . When there are criticisms you have to respect them, but listen little and work. In a match things happen so fast that you don't have time to think. "The goalkeeper [closed space] very well and I

Alvaro Morata has sent a message to Spain fans amid criticism on the back of his opening performance at Euro 2020. The 28-year-old was slated after missing a key chance in Spain ‘ s goalless draw with Sweden in their first game of the competition, but Luis Enrique has already “ I am very motivated, more than ever, and the only thing that I can do is ask the people that are going tomorrow to help the team…we need them.” He added: “Any person that knows me or that has seen me knows what it means to me to wear the national team shirt, but I plead that tomorrow they help us to get the win

Alvaro Morata says that he is unfazed by criticism of his performances for Spain, and that he "can't be liked by everone" ahead of his country's Group E clash with Poland at Euro 2020 on Saturday.

Luis Enrique's side completed more passes than any other nation in their opening game against Sweden in Seville on Monday, but were unable to find a goal to break the deadlock in a stubborn 0-0 draw.

Much of the blame has subsequently been laid at the feet of Atletico Madrid man Morata, who this week extended his loan spell with Juventus into 2022 - but speaking ahead of this weekend's crucial encounter, the forward has hit back at the focus zeroed in on his efforts.

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Euro 2020: What teams need to do to advance from group stage. “That last play in which Alvaro Morata , after killing himself pressing and having helped us in so many ways, creating danger, being a constant problem for the Portuguese players, doing an incredible job, is still able to go on a 40-metre run at full speed and trick the goalkeeper, but have the By the end of Spain ’ s first proper game at the Euros last week, Luis Enrique was entitled to feel even more annoyed. Again, Morata was subject to whistles from the fans as Spain could only draw 0-0 with Sweden, the best two chances falling his way.

Minute 80: Spain lacking rhythm. Still no goals in Sevilla and some of the steam has gone from the Spain game plan, with Sweden putting everyone behind the ball as they look to cling onto a point. Minute 75: Danielson block. Into the final 15 minutes of the game and we are still locked at 0-0. One brilliant save from Olsen saved Sweden, and then one post saved Spain . But in reality Luis Enrique' s men have been completely dominant. Alvaro Morata had the best chance of the half but he could only put his effort wide.

What has been said?

"I have taken this situation [and the criticism] very normally," the 28-year-old told a pre-match press conference on Friday. "I've been working since the Under-17s to be here and play these tournaments.

"I can't be liked by everyone. When there are criticisms you have to respect them, but listen little and work. In a match things happen so fast that you don't have time to think.

"The goalkeeper [closed space] very well and I had to adjust to the post. I don't know if tomorrow the ball will enter, but I will give 200% as every time I play with Spain. It is normal that when you draw a game and you deserve to win it, it costs you sleep.

"The opinion of the people does not change my mood. If I score I will be happy for the people who are always with me, but I am doing great. The most important thing I have done is lead a normal life, be with my team-mates. Everything we do here is important.

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Spain created one outstanding chance for Alvaro Morata and two decent openings which led to headers from Dani Olmo and Gerard Moreno. That works out at an average of around 300 passes per chance. Alvaro Morata had a chance created in Monday’ s game (Picture: Thanassis Stavrakis/Pool/AFP via Getty. Sweden had the best chance of the game when Marcus Berg missed a sitter and the dangerous Alexander Isak hit the post after fashioning an opportunity himself. It shows why teams will be happy to allow Spain possession — they believe Enrique’ s team won’ t hurt you.

Alvaro Morata 's finishing ability is again under intense scrutiny after Spain were held to a 0-0 draw by Sweden in their Euro 2020 opener and there have even been calls for him to be dropped for the must-win clash with Poland on Saturday. While Sweden pinching a point from Spain may count as the only shock result in the first round of matches at Euro 2020, it was no surprise Luis Enrique’s team fired blanks in front of goal. For months, nay, years, Spain ’ s critics have pointed to the lack of a ‘killer’ in the box, a player like Raul, Fernando Torres, or David Villa.

"It is clear that the forward lives from the goal. Our job is to score goals.  Against Sweden I unloaded a lot physically and I think I did quite a few things well, but it seems like it all comes down to scoring. It's part of our job."

Luis Enrique lends Morata support

"He is in good spirits," Luis Enrique told reporters of Morata. "In the game I saw him perfect, I saw him motivated.

"This week I didn't have the need to teach him anything. He played a very complete game. He trained very well and I am [impressed] with his smile and attitude."

Spain keen to show credentials

La Roja's frustrated blank in their opening game - with 85 per cent of possession and 917 passes overall, compared to just 162 for their visitors in Seville - underlined concerns for Luis Enrique's side as they look to re-establish themselves as one of the international game's superheavyweight sides.

With Sweden having won against Slovakia in the pair's second Group E clash, Spain must win to take themselves joint-top of the pile, knowing that defeat would leave them rooted to the foot heading into Wednesday's final group stage games.

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Spain coach Luis Enrique raised a passionate defence of Alvaro Morata on Friday and has said the striker will start against Poland at Euro 2020, despite being jeered by his own fans in the opening draw against Sweden. Morata is under pressure after missing a golden chance against the Swedes, whose 1-0 victory over Slovakia on Friday means all four teams in Group E are still in the mix to reach the last 16. Luis Enrique' s decision to start Morata ahead of Gerard Moreno has been criticised too, with the Villarreal striker, who scored 23 goals in La Liga last season, left on the bench until the latter stages.

Euro 2021 - UEFA euro 2020. Marco van Basten did not like Matthijs de Ligt ' s performance on Thursday, despite the Netherlands ' victory over Austria . The former striker saw issues with the way in which the centre-back was leaving space, which could be exploited by better forwards. " De Ligt is a central defender and he has to lead more," Van Basten said on the NOS channel.

Poland, however, will likely prove another stubborn opponent after an opening defeat, with Paulo Sousa's side having been left to lick their wounds after Robert Lewandowski and company misfired in Saint-Petersburg last time out.

Further reading

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