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Spanish winger Joaquin says remarks against national team "misinterpreted"

Spanish winger Joaquin says remarks against national team "misinterpreted"

Valencia winger Joaquin Sanchez on Friday claimed comments he made to a radio station a day earlier describing the Spanish national soccer squad as being in chaos have been misinterpreted.
"The press misinterpreted my words, emphasizing the morbid parts," he told a press conference called specially after the Spanish media reported his comments.
Joaquin said the press had given his words an ill intent he never meant to convey.
"The only thing I wanted to say is that these are not clear times for the national squad after losing to Northern Ireland....but it was not my intention to attack the team or Luis Aragones."
On Thursday, Joaquin, who was dropped for the European Championship qualifier against Sweden on Saturday, told Punto Radio: "Right now, the national team is a mess, chaos. And Luis doesn't know how to handle it in these difficult moments."
Leading radio Cadena SER and Spanish National Radio on Friday said there seemed only one way to interpret Joaquin's remarks to Punto Radio.
Joaquin, former captain Raul Gonzalez, Mariano Pernia and Borja Oubina were left out for Saturday's Group F game after Spain lost 3-2 to Northern Ireland last month.
Raul, Spain's all-time leading scorer, recently ended an 11-month scoring drought for Real Madrid with two goals in a Champions League match and the equalizer in the derby against Atletico de Madrid.
"Raul could have been left out many times before, but this week he deserves to be in the squad and these things make you feel odd," Joaquin told Punto Radio.
Joaquin, who moved from Real Betis to Valencia in the offseason, has played for Spain since 2002.
"To be sincere, I don't think I've ever had the confidence of coach Luis Aragones," Joaquin told the radio. "Not being called this time was no surprise. I know that what I'm saying is not going to help me get back into the national team, but it's what I feel."
From Stockholm, Aragones dismissed Joaquin's comments.
"Spain has never been a mess'. Neither when I was a player nor now that I'm coach," Aragones told reporters. "I don't know why Joaquin said that."
Regarding his faith in Joaquin as a player, he said:
"Of the 29 matches for I have been coach, I've picked Joaquin 27 times and played him 20 times. If that's not confidence...But confidence has to be earned, not given automatically."
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Updated : 2021-08-05 20:28 GMT+08:00