Euro 2020: Aymeric Laporte leaps to defence of under-fire

Despite dominating the ball for large periods in Seville, Luis Enrique’s side could not find a breakthrough against a dogged Swedish side as they had to settle for a point in their Euro 2020 opener.

Morata and strike partner Gerard Moreno were both guilty of squandering big chances on Monday night yet Laporte – who chanced allegiance from France to Spain ahead of the tournament – is adamant Morata’s form will turn soon.

Alvaro Morata was guilty of squandering a few good openings in Spain’s draw on Monday

The forward could not find the breakthrough as Spain had to settle for a draw against Sweden

‘You can’t doubt an attacker like Alvaro (Morata), who has already shown a lot,’ Laporta said after the 0-0 draw.

‘Next time he scores three and shuts everyone up.’

Spain boss Enrique spoke similarly of Morata, instead focusing on a turn of luck as the tournament progresses.

‘I also heard applause for Morata (not just boos), and I’ll focus on that,’ he said.  ‘Morata 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 favour, and I hope that will change.’

Aymeric Laporte (L) leapt to the defence of Morata and insists he will ‘score three’ next time

Luis Enrique has also backed Morata to come good and insists his players don’t deserve boos

The players did receive a chorus of boos in Seville at the full-time whistle, which did not sit well with midfielder Dani Olmo.

‘I don’t understand why they boo. The fans have to support us all,’ he said after the game.

Spain next host Poland – who lost to Slovakia 2-1 in Saint-Petersburg – on Saturday in Group E.

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