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Striking impotency impacts Spain’s goal scoring

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In their bid for Euro 2020 qualification, La Furia Roja scored 26 times from their 206 attempts on target. And have scored less than England, Belgium, Italy and Russia.

Spain’s Euro 2020 qualification came through with fourteen players scoring their 26 goals. Moreover, four players top scored with four goals. One of them is Sergio Ramos.

Their inability to hit the back of the net reliably was the reason La Furia Roja stuttered in their qualification campaign. Draws against Finland and Sweden revealed glaring holes in the squad’s makeup.

To make matters worse, Spain finished their qualifying campaign with most attempts on target. With better possession and pass completion statistics, Robert Moreno’s team have failed to make their superiority count.

Goals have come from across the pitch but they need their attackers to finish moves. Spain do not have an answer to England’s Harry Kane, who managed to score in eight successive qualification matches. Kane’s 12 goals were instrumental in the Three Lions scoring 11 more goals than La Roja.

Alvaro Morata, Rodrigo Moreno, Paco Alcacer, Iago Aspas, Jamie Mata, and Gerard Moreno, all have been tasked to provide that goal scoring outlet. And every one of them have failed to cement a place in the starting eleven.

Morata started against Malta and repaid the trust levied on him by Robert Moreno. The former Chelsea and Real Madrid forward admits that he still has a long way to go before ensuring he is on the flight to Serbia.

“I am confident on the pitch and I know I will have to give everything during the season in order to be at the European Championships,” Morata commented after 7-0 demolishing of Malta.

“There won’t be space for everybody. I want to keep going, doing everything I can for Atletico and Spain.

“If I play well at the club the Euros will be closer at the end of the season for sure.”

Forwards struggle in 2019/20 season

After a stuttering start to 2019/20 campaign, Morata has turned a corner. The forward has managed seven goals in thirteen games for Atletico Madrid.

However, fellow Spain forwards, Rodrigo and Iago Aspas have only scored a goal apiece for Valencia and Celta de Vigo, respectively.

Robert Moreno is fighting against time to find a forward to lead his lines. The squad is missing a talisman to close out tough fixtures. And, Moreno will need a proven goal scorer for a successful Euro 2020 campaign.

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