Qatar 2022: Why is Alvaro Morata not starting for Spain vs. Morocco?


Spain take on Morocco at the Qatar 2022 Round of 16, aiming to keep their World Cup aspirations alive. However, many wonder why striker Alvaro Morata is on the bench for this game.

After a shock defeat to Japan in the group stage final, Spain have something to prove against Morocco in the round of 16 at Qatar 2022. Many are therefore surprised not to see Alvaro Morata in the starting line-up.

Luis Enrique’s men need to bounce back at the World Cup having failed to win in their last two matches after opening the tournament with a commanding victory over Costa Rica.

La Furia drew with Germany before being upset by the Asian side, so they head into the knockout stages with the aim of silencing the doubters. For some reason, the team’s leading scorer will be on the bench.

Why is Alvaro Morata not starting for Spain against Morocco

Alvaro Morata doesn’t have any injury, so his absence in the lineup might be a tactical decision from Luis Enrique, who decided to start Marco Asensio over the Atletico Madrid striker.

Morata is Spain’s top scorer at Qatar 2022 with three goals in as many games. Even so, he only started in the loss to Japan. Will Spain go far even with him on the bench?

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