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Cesar Azpilicueta heaps praise on Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s goal against Brighton

Spain international Cesar Azpilicueta has heaped praise on midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek after he contributed a goal and an assist in Chelsea’s 3-0 league triumph over Brighton & Hove Albion. The England international was handed a rare start for the Blues after bagging the winner in the previous game against Cardiff, and he made the most of the opportunity with a standout display for the west London giants.

>Speaking after the game, Azpilicueta was appreciative of the efforts of the midfielder, who has been impressed with the goal scoring prowess during the ongoing season, he said: “At the moment he is showing his quality. In the box he showed great determination to get the header and score a very important goal for us. He’s understanding the game better, when he has to drive with the ball, and he has unbelievable strength. He can push past defenders, get in the box, score goals, and he defends. He is a complete player.”
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Nacho Monreal speaks about Arsenal’s top-four prospects

Spain international Nacho Monreal has said that Arsenal are determined to make their Champions League comeback after making good progress under the guidance of Unai Emery. The north London side are currently occupying the fourth position in the league standings while making progress to the quarter final stage of the Europa League.

In a report covered by Sky Sports, Monreal admitted that the season has yet to reach its conclusion but the club are eager to clinch Champions League qualification for next term. He added that the club have two bites at the cherry with their form in both league and Europe, and hopefully, they can return to the elite competition after a two-year wait.
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Isco will have to fight for his place

Spain coach Luis Enrique has stated that Isco will have to fight for his place just like any other players. He said that Isco has struggled to get enough playing time at Real Madrid this season and this may impact his place in the team. He said that there is no guaranteed place in the Spain national team and that he will have to show what he can do for his club if he wants to get a place in the team.

Isco has been a regular player for the Spanish national team in recent years but he has enjoyed a difficult season so far with Real Madrid.
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Alvaro Morata pleased to make Madrid comeback with Atletico

Spain international Alvaro Morata has said that he is pleased to be making a comeback to La Liga with Atletico Madrid. The Chelsea striker is scheduled to have a medical with the Europa League holders on Sunday and thereafter, the club are expected to announce his signing on an initial loan contract.

Speaking to reporters, Morata admitted that he is content to return to Madrid, where he made a name for himself with Real. He added that he is unperturbed by the animosity from few Atleti fans due to his Los Blancos links and stressed that he began learning his trade in the youth academy of Los Colchoneros.
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Chelsea confirm contract extension for Cesar Azpilicueta

Premier League giants Chelsea have confirmed that vice-captain Cesar Azpilicueta has penned a new long-term deal to keep him at the club until the summer of 2022. The Spain international has racked nearly 300 appearances during his six-and-a-half seasons with the Blues and he has now been rewarded with a fresh deal which would extend his association with the club for up to a decade.

“I am really happy to extend my stay here at Chelsea. Since I came, I felt the joy and responsibility to play for this club, these fans, and every time I go on the pitch I try do my best. Hopefully there is a lot to come and we can keep Chelsea where it belongs.” Azpilicueta told the club’s official website following the renewal.
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Maurizio Sarri continues to keep the faith on Giroud and Morata

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has indicated that he would continue to keep the faith on centre-forward duo Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud during the first half of the season. The pair have scored just one goal between them since the campaign started and this has generated doubts over their positions with a young Callum Hudson-Odoi waiting for an opportunity to impress.

However, speaking after the 1-1 draw against Liverpool, Sarri highlighted that both strikers add purpose to the squad despite their shortcomings in finding the scoresheet, he said: “I want to use Giroud and Morata because I think it’s right to use them in the first part of the season. You know the characteristics; Giroud is very important for his team-mates and I think Morata in the last 25 minutes was more aggressive than usual.”
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Juan Mata earning Spain recall under Luis Enrique

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata is looking forward to fighting for a national team recall now that Luis Enrique has been appointed as Spain’s new manager. Mata barely featured under former boss Julen Lopetegui but he is now hoping for a change of fortunes under the guidance of the former Barcelona boss.

Speaking to ESPN, he said: “I was disappointed not to go (to the World Cup). But then after that, I was hoping for them to win. Now, things have changed. We have a new manager again, Luis Enrique… I’m again excited about the possibility of coming back. I obviously want to come back and try to play as many games as I can with the national team. I’m really excited about it and I think the future, it can be still bright for Spain, because we have young players coming that, as I said, they have the level to compete.”
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Luis Enrique – The New Head Coach Of Spain

Luis Enrique would be the new coach of La Roja and the announcement was made at the event hosted by the Spanish Football Federation. Enrique said that he is delighted to take up the project. He showed excitement and said is ready to take up the challenge. He would give it his best shot and eagerly wait to win the upcoming competitions.

Luis Rubiales, the president of the Federation is totally relying on Enrique especially post Julen Lopetegui’s dismissal and the resignation of Fernando Hierro. The president said that Enrique was the only coach they approached and everything was quite straightforward due to his passion and commitment to football. The management is ready to do everything to ensure that the head coach is comfortable. Enrique has been described as a modern coach with an excellent work methodology by Jose Francisco Molina, the new technical director of the federation.
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Alvaro Morata Thanks Teammate For Another Key Assist

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata was thankful to compatriot Cesar Azpilicueta for his assist during Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against Southampton. The Spain international has had a rough time in front of goal in 2018 but he managed to contribute versus the Saints with a delightful header which sealed a 2-0 victory for the Blues.

 

Following the game, Morata was thankful to Azpilicueta, who has contributed seven assists in the Premier League this term. Surprisingly enough, each of those assists have been for Morata and the Spaniard was quick to praise the central defender, he said: “It was a very good match.I could have scored another goal at the last moment, I was a little bit unlucky but we are in the final and that’s the most important thing, we are happy.I always say thanks to Azpi because this year he knows where I want the ball and it’s great to have all of the assists from him.” (more…)