Alvaro Morata has claimed fans are ‘waiting to pile on and criticise’ Spain after they slumped to a disappointing 1-1 draw with Poland on Saturday night.
The Juventus forward opened the scoring but a Robert Lewandowski header pulled Poland level. Gerard Moreno missed a penalty for La Furia Roja and Morata himself spurned a couple of great chances, meaning the 2008 and 2012 winners now sit on the brink of elimination from Euro 2020.
Morata was quick to hit out at his and Spain’s critics after the game, stating that they are ‘waiting to pile on’ Luis Enrique’s side and claiming there is no ‘sense of unity’ within the country.
“If we listen to what people say that won’t help, because they are all waiting to pile on and criticise us,” Morata told Sky Sport Italia.
“Usually when big nations reach a competition like this, there is a sense of unity around them. We know that we’re following a generation of geniuses who won everything and it’s difficult for us to fill those shoes, but we have to believe in ourselves.”
Morata took no consolation in his opening goal, when he cleverly beat his marker to tap the ball home from close range.
“It’s a team sport. If we don’t win, then it makes no difference whether I score or not. I am disappointed we were unable to pick up three points, but the next game is like a final.”
He also squandered a couple of glorious opportunities however, including a rebound from Moreno’s penalty, which he put wide of the post. The Juve star put the miss down to the ‘incredible speed’ of the ball.
“The ball was travelling at an incredible speed and it was difficult to get it under control. Perhaps I was too close to it and should’ve made a different choice.”
Spain now sit third in Group E and face a real battle to qualify for the knockout stages of Euro 2020. They must beat second-place Slovakia or face the potential humiliation of finishing bottom of a group they were originally favourites to win.