‘What did you do, Morata?’: Spanish papers slam Spain striker for fluffing his lines against Sweden in Euro 2020 opener… as ex-Chelsea flop is whistled by the home crowd and Luis Enrique faces growing pressure to drop him
Spain’s sport newspapers had striker Alvaro Morata in their sights on Tuesday morning after he fluffed his lines in the Euro 2020 opener against Sweden.
Luis Enrique’s side dominated proceedings in Seville but failed to score, with the game finishing 0-0 and Spain left ruing a series of missed chances.
Plenty of those opportunities fell to former Chelsea flop Morata, with one particular one-on-one drawing ire from newspapers not only in Spain, but across the continent.
Spain’s front pages rued the team’s missed chances while praising their dominance vs Sweden
Alvaro Morata copped much of the blame for Spain’s lack of goals after he missed a chance
‘What did you do, Morata?’ was the question asked by Mundo Deportivo, while El Mundo said the striker had a ‘horrible night’ in front of goal.
SPORT, meanwhile, claimed the 28-year-old was ‘especially unsuccessful’, while also saving some praise for the team as a whole, noting: ‘La Roja did everything to win. [They were] intense, dominated, created chances… and Olsen was the Nordic saviour.’
The front page of Marca carried the headline ‘Everything is good… except for a goal’, claiming that Spain ‘turned in a controlled and dominant performance.’
That, though, was accompanied by a head-in-hands picture, with Spain’s inability to score leaving them far from delighted following their opening fixture.
AS carried some remarkable stats from the match, in which Spain managed 75 per cent possession and a record 953 passes.
The same paper also said that manager Luis Enrique is facing increased calls to drop Morata from the starting line-up after he was whistled by the crowd in Seville.
Morata was whistled by the home crowd in Sevilla and is facing calls to be dropped from the XI
Luis Enrique has kept faith in Morata but he put in another below-par display against Sweden
And it was not just the fans in the stadium and the Spanish papers who were on Morata’s back, with papers from Italy – where he played his club football for Juventus last season – also getting in on the act.
Corriere della Sera wrote that the striker was ‘disastrous and disappointed by an audience that cannot stand him’, before going on to talk about his ‘glaring mistake’ in front of goal in the first half.
La Repubblica, meanwhile, brought up previous Spanish talents like Fernando Torres and David Villa, claiming the current side is missing a goalscorer of their ilk.
Koke reacts after a missed chance at La Cartuja, in which Spain just couldn’t find the net
The former Chelsea flop will need to come good if Spain are to go deep in the tournament
In Morata and Gerard Moreno, they claim Spain ‘do not have the so-called murderous instinct in the final metres’.
The same publication also claimed that Sweden defender Marcus Danielson ‘erased Morata from the game’, despite being a surprise inclusion in the starting line-up.
In their next game, Spain face Poland, who suffered a surprise defeat at the hands of Slovakia in their own opening fixture on Monday.