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Spain Boss: Why I Snubbed Morata For The World Cup

Spain Boss: Why I Snubbed Chelsea Striker Alvaro Morata For The 2018 FIFA World Cup

By Keegan Kruger - May 22, 2018 10:30 AM @KeeganKruger

Spain manager Julen Lopetegui has admitted it was not an easy decision to leave Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata out of his 23-man squad for 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Click through the gallery above to see some other players who were snubbed for a place in Spain’s World Cup squad.

The 51-year-old coach snubbed the former Real Madrid star and instead named Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa, Valencia's Rodrigo Moreno Machado, and former Liverpool forward Iago Aspas, who scored 22 goals for Celta Vigo in La Liga this season, as his forwards for the tournament.

Lopetegui has since explained that he did not want to take four strikers to the tournament, and insisted it was "painful" to leave out someone like Morata.

"They are tough moments for a player. It is not nice, he deserved to be here," Lopetegui said at a news conference, according to FourFourTwo.

"I have an important opinion, and it is painful, but I have made the decision.

"I have spoken with those I had to talk to, I am not going to name anybody. I have had various doubts. To make a list of 23 is a difficult decision.

"We have opted for three other teammates who have different conditions. Taking four players in that position is not something we wanted to do. It is a footballing decision.

"It is the most bitter taste to leave someone out. They deserve to be there, but they could not get in. They helped us, and they cannot be here. We have chosen those who can help us the most in this fantastic adventure.

"Iago can play centrally and out wide, Rodrigo can play in three areas and always has a great attitude with the team. Diego Costa brings a lot of competitiveness."

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Morata, who was Spain's joint top goalscorer in their World Cup qualifying campaign, scored only 11 league goals for Chelsea all season, and only one of those came in 2018.

What do you think Spain's chances at the showpiece are? Have your say in the comments section below. 


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Pirates_999 Joined: 08 Nov 2017
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Pirates_999 May 23, 2018 07:52 AM
I would have done the same Morata will cost you trust me at Madrid he kept on complaining about game time, now he is at Chelsea still failing why must he go to the WC if there are better players that fits his position
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No badges available May 22, 2018 11:11 PM
Morata must go back to Real next season, thats where he belongs.
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barca-baccaneers May 22, 2018 08:52 PM
how do you lave a player that helped you to the world cup
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barca-baccaneers May 22, 2018 08:51 PM
head will roll after world cup
Bragibbz Joined: 12 Nov 2016
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Bragibbz May 22, 2018 07:41 PM
No you made a bad decision old man morata fits well in spainish football than in england he is jst struggles to adjust u cnt leave someone with an experience of his out of the world cup yr decision will back fire you!
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Faysal May 22, 2018 02:33 PM
11goals well done coach
JAWS OF LIFE Joined: 21 Apr 2018
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JAWS OF LIFE May 22, 2018 11:40 AM
This is sh0wing h0w behind s0uth africa is.M0rata sc0red 11 g0als in EPL and is left 0ut 0f the w0rld cup squard,but in SA a player that sc0red 11 g0als is a t0p g0alsc0rer and is regarded as a star.
2twice Joined: 01 Dec 2011
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2twice May 22, 2018 11:33 AM
To think Morata left Madrid to gain more game time and perhaps make it to the all is in vain despite his qualifier conribution.
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THE NK May 22, 2018 11:14 AM
Yohhhh this coach.

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