Euro 2020 - Luis Enqirue hails Alvaro Morata after revealing Spain striker was injured when he missed penalty
Alvaro Morata was suffering from an injury when he stepped up to take a penalty against Italy in the semi-finals of Euro 2020. Morata was one of three Spain players to miss from the spot, but Luis Enrique hailed his striker after the game. "He has an abductor issue. It says a lot about his personality that, despite that, he wanted to take a penalty,” he said.
'Not a sad night for me' - Enrique on Spain loss to Italy in Euro 2020 semis
“I am proud to have been part of this team. To those who have believed in us, THANK YOU. Football can be very hard.”
Just like Morata, Enrique refused to point fingers after the defeat, hailing the quality of opposition Spain has faced at Euro 2020.
"It's not a sad night for me, not at all,” he said.
“Of course there is disappointment, but that's football. You have to be able to win and lose.
“We were very pleased to win the shootout in the quarter-finals but we have to congratulate our opponents.
I said at the start we were one of eight teams that could win the title, I wasn't wrong about that. We go home knowing we competed and were one of the best teams at the competition.
"I'd say it would be an A- for my players, an A+ if we'd won.
Luis Enrique, Italia vs España
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“We've been speaking about how we'd like to play at the Euros for many months, and the players bought into it, so I have no complaints. We've shown we're a team and we're going to continue doing that."
Italy await England in the final if the Three Lions can beat Denmark in their semi-final at Wembley on Wednesday night.
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