Cesc Fabregas was frustrated by a reporter’s line of questioning following Spain’s 2-0 defeat to the Netherlands yesterday.
Fabregas, who signed for Chelsea from Barcelona for over £30 million last summer, was irritated by the vague and general enquiry into whether or not there is any reason to feel positive about the Spanish national team.
” I don’t know… You tell me,” was the response from the former Arsenal man when the question was put to him in the media area beside the pitch from the Spanish TV station Cuatro.
“Regarding your question,” Fabregas continued “you will surely tell me that there aren’t. But I tell you yes [there are reasons to believe in this Spain squad].”
As he was leaving, Fabregas turned back and said:
“What a question. The nerve you have. What a question.”
Spain are struggling to rediscover the form that won them three titles in a row; two European Championships in 2008 and 2012 coming between the country’s first World Cup title in 2010, as well the plaudits of footballing pundits, journalists and fans the world over.
The terrible showing at the World Cup in Brazil last year, which saw Spain knocked out at the first round and winning one out of three games, has created a difficult and high pressure in the home of tiki-taka football.
Fabregas has been singled out by many observers within Spain as one of those who is not playing to his potential, as is Chelsea teammate Diego Costa. The Chelsea midfielder was considered by both Marca ans AS to have been Spain’s worst player.
Spain are currently second in their Euro 2016 group, but have lost in their last three matches against opponents they will need to triumph over if they are to reclaim their position as the world’s best, the defeat to the Dutch coming after recent losses to Germany and France.