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‘I can’t be loved by everyone’ – Morata shrugs off Euro 2020 criticism

Fri 18 June 2021 | 21:58

Spain striker Alvaro Morata slams criticism of his performances for the national team and says he ‘can’t be loved by everyone’.

Luis Enrique

's side did everything 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.

Atletico Madrid

striker

Alvaro Morata

, who is currently on loan at

Juventus

, was singled out by fans and Spanish media after he missed some big chances against Sweden.

Coach Luis Enrique backed him, saying that he’ll start “Morata and 10 others” against Poland tomorrow.

Morata

also spoke for himself during this evening’s press conference and said he will be ready to face

Poland

on Saturday at La Cartuja Stadium in Seville.

“I wasn’t going to just be silent all week. I am here and I will give my all tomorrow,”

said the Juventus man

.

“In the end, the game moves so fast that you don’t have time to think. I don’t consider it a serious mistake against Sweden.

“Anyone who plays football knows the goalkeeper comes out very quickly and you have to adjust. I always give 200 percent when I wear the Spain jersey.”

Morata confirms he has been spending a lot of time with the sports psychologist, Joaquin, who works with the Spain squad.

“I talk about everything. I know he is there at my disposal and for all my teammates. I’m fine, I’ve had too long a career to worry what people think about me. I can’t be loved by everyone. When there is criticism, you just have to respect it and work, work, work.

“I am more concerned by what my teammates think. I am phenomenal.”

He also discussed the importance of mental health in sport and in all walks of life and urges others to seek help in case of problems.

“In sport, people don’t recognize the importance or the gravity of anxiety and depression. It doesn’t get the recognition it deserves, not just in football, but in all walks of life.

“It is something that has no name, it has no form, but it is there. I recommend that people go to a specialist if they have a problem.”


source: SportMob