Spain Coach Explains Why Morata Was Dropped

Danny Woods
March 18, 2018

Barcelona's injured midfielder Sergio Busquets, as well as Chelsea's striker Alvaro Morata were left out of the squad for the friendlies scheduled for March 23 against home side Germany and March 27 against Argentina in Madrid, reported Efe.

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has given Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso his first call-up and also welcomed Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa back to the squad for the worldwide friendlies later this month.

Cahill has been left out of the England squad to face the Netherlands and Italy having not played in Chelsea's recent Premier League matches with Manchester United and Manchester City, or in the Champions League tie against Barcelona.

Lopetegui said: "Tomorrow is not the World Cup, there are players that are not included but have their chances intact as is the case with the players included".

"I can help them to improve and to work hard".

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Morata was included for friendlies against Russian Federation and Costa Rica back in November, but since then has really struggled at club level and has paid the price with Spain.

"We are looking to get more information about players".

Morata, who is yet to score this year, had been bothered by a back problem. Then there is a national team coach to make the best decision for the country. I think, I think, I am not telling you that I am sure. We have to respect, also because this is not the final call for the World Cup.

'We must try to do both (finish in the top four and win the FA Cup),' Conte said. They have players who are very risky [but] we have to trust in our strengths.

Conte also shrugged off fears the likes of Eden Hazard could leave if Chelsea fail to qualify for the Champions League, saying: "Don't forget that two years ago Chelsea finished 10th".

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