Yet to record a win in this summer’s tournament, Spain seem set for another disappointment at the international stage.
Alvaro Morata explains Spain’s struggles at Euro 2020 by saying they are finding it hard to deliver up to the expectations set by a “generation of geniuses”.
Once a dominant force owing to the richly talented team consisting of players such as Carles Puyol, Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Fernando Torres, David Villa, Spain have been a shadow of their previous selves for some time now.
Luis Enrique’s men were denied of a perfect start to their Euro 2020 campaign as they were held to a draw at home by Sweden.
La Roja, who opted against calling up Sergio Ramos, could yet again only take one point in Group E matchday 2 after a stalemate against Poland on Saturday.
A disqualification from the European Championship likely awaits unless they get a positive result against Slovakia.
“If we listen to what people say that won’t help, because they are all waiting to pile on and criticize us,” Morata told Sky 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.”