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Enrique backs La Roja amid goal scoring criticism

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Spain head coach Luis Enrique has backed the entire squad amid criticism about their supposed lack of goals.

La Roja began their Euro 2020 qualifying series on a winning note after dispatching Norway 2-1 at Mestalla on Saturday night.

With most fans clearly unhappy with the lack of goals, Enrique was quick to point out his squad has a better goal to game ratio than Barcelona.

“I have been made aware of the debate surrounding the lack of goals,” said Luis Enrique.

“We have scored 19 goals in these seven games [that I have been in charge for], about 2.7 per match.

“Barcelona, I think, have an average of 2.6 [goals per game] and they are the highest scorers in LaLiga [Santander].

“To be lacking goals does not look too bad.”

In line with the issue, fans quickly highlighted Morata’s misses, although he was pivotal in the win against the Norwegians.

“Mobility in attack is a function of the match,” he added via Marca.

“It is advisable that they exchange positions [during the match]. I like that the forwards have mobility and that means alternating positions. “The forwards always need confidence.”

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SEVILLE, SPAIN – OCTOBER 14: Luis Enrique, Spain Manager speaks to the press during the Spain Press Conference at Estadio Benito Villamarin on October 14, 2018, in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

The Spanish Armada will face Malta away from home at the Ta’ Qali National Stadium and they will look to find their goalscoring boots against the minnows.