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Spain struggling to emulate ‘generation of geniuses’ – Morata

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Yet to record a win in this summer’s tournament, Spain seem set for another disappointment at the international stage.

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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.

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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.

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“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.”