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Laporte makes Morata prediction after Spain draw

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Despite a forgettable performance in Spain’s Euro 2020 opener, Aymeric Laporte has no doubts over Alvaro Morata’s potential this summer.

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Aymeric Laporte has backed teammate Alvaro Morata to silence his critics with a hat-trick in Spain’s next game.

The Juventus striker started ahead of Gerard Moreno in Spain’s Euro 2020 opener against Sweden on Monday night, but he couldn’t make the difference in a disappointing 0-0 draw in Seville.

While Morata’s work rate and movements were good, his finishing wasn’t up to scratch. He missed a brilliant chance to score during a dominant first-half display from Spain and came off past the hour-mark for Pablo Sarabia.

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The lack of attacking threat displeased the home crowd in Seville, prompting fans to boo the team.

“You can’t doubt an attacker like Alvaro, who has already shown a lot,” said Laporte after the match as per Goal.

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“Next time he scores three and shuts everyone up.”

Spain manager Luis Enrique added: “I also heard applause for Morata, and I’ll focus on that. He is a great player who does a lot of things very well. No luck today, but that’s football, and that’s life.

“It is easier to play with the public in your favor, and I hope that will change.”

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The three-time European champions resume their Group E campaign on Saturday against Poland in Seville again.