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Marcos Alonso followed in Danny Drinkwater‘s footsteps as also the Spaniard believes everyone at Chelsea is looking to bounce-back from a disappointing Premier League season.

He told Chelsea’s official website: “Now we want to get back to the top level in the league after a not very good year, and pre-season is an important stage of that.”

Alonso was among the players which took part of Chelsea’s first day of training in Cobham after not being included in Spain squad to play the World Cup.

Also compatriot Cesc Fabregas, Alvaro Morata and Pedro Rodriguez were not selected by Julen Lopetegui, who suddenly got sacked.

 

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Spain have still never beaten World Cup hosts since 1934’s defeat to Italy. Brazil had the upper hand Spain in 1950, as well as South Korea in 2002 and Russia last time out.

Sergej Ignashevich‘s own goal put Spain in front before Artem Dzyuba leveled the score just before the break. Gerard Piqué hit the ball with his hand inside the box and the Russian striker sent David De Gea the wrong way from the penalty spot.

Then Igor Akinfeev became the hero following some great saves in the extra-time as well as during the shootouts, when both Koke and Iago Aspas missed their penalties.

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta did not came off the bench. Spain head-coach Fernando Hierro was allowed to make an extra sub in the extra-time but he brought on Rodrigo Moreno Machado for Real Madrid star Marco Asensio.

 

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Cesc Fabregas was not included in the Spain squad for the Russia 2018 World Cup, so he is watching his Chelsea‘s team-mates who are playing in Russia.

Fabregas, in particular, has is say on Eden Hazard who is playing very well with Belgium: “Eden talent wise is top class,” Fabregas told BBC Radio 5 Live. “The only thing he should realise, and I always tell him as well, he could be much more than this. Sometimes talent is not enough.”

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Spain faced EURO 2016’s champions in the opener of the competition and conceded an early opener as Cristiano Ronaldo converted a penalty to goal after just 4′ in the first half.

Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa got the better of the Portugal defence to level the scores, before Ronaldo grabbed his first brace in a World Cup and put his squad in front again.

However, Costa scored the second brace of the game and secured Spain a double comeback, then Nacho’s brilliant effort put ahead Fernando Hierro’s men with less than 30′ left to go.

Cristiano Ronaldo could not have wished for a better ending as he scored again with a brilliant free-kick.

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta did not feature in the opener against Portugal in the World Cup 2018 tonight.

Spain will face Iran on 20th of June in their race alongside with Portugal and Morocco to book a place for the knock-out phase.

 

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Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta did not feature in the opener against Portugal in the World Cup 2018 tonight.

Spain faced EURO 2016’s champions in the opener of the competition and conceded an early opener as Cristiano Ronaldo converted a penalty to goal after just 4′ in the first half.

Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa got the better of the Portugal defence to level the scores, before Ronaldo grabbed his first brace in a World Cup and put his squad in front again.

However, Costa scored the second brace of the game and secured Spain a double comeback, then Nacho’s brilliant effort put ahead Fernando Hierro’s men with less than 30′ left to go.

Cristiano Ronaldo could not have wished for a better ending as he scored again with a brilliant free-kick.

Spain will face Iran on 20th of June in their race alongside with Portugal and Morocco to book a place for the knock-out phase.

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Chelsea winger Pedro says current Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic could be a good replacement should Antonio Conte leave the club in summer. 

The Spanish star told Cadena Ser:“We know there might be some changes, we’re awaiting. We know that he [Slavisa Jokanovic] is a great manager.

“Many names have been mentioned and he is one of them. If a new manager comes, we’ll try to work in the best way possible.”

Moreover, Pedro added he’s feeling “comfortable” at Stamford Bridge after joining Chelsea from Barcelona in 2015.

“Obviously I have a contract at Chelsea and most likely I will stay. I’m good here,” he said.

“I’m very comfortable with my team-mates and, in football terms I’m very happy for having won the Premier League and the FA Cup in three years. I’m happy because it’s always difficult to win trophies in England.

“I’m enjoying my holidays right now, getting some rest and spending time with family, and then start the new season in the best way.”

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Chelsea winger Pedro has praised Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic amid reports linking him to become the next Blues manager.

The Spaniard described the Serbian tactician as a “great manager” and expressed an interest in working with him.

“We know there might be some changes, we’re awaiting. We know that he [Slavisa Jokanovic] is a great manager,” Pedro told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser.

“Many names have been mentioned and he is one of them. If a new manager comes, we’ll try to work in the best way possible.”

This could be a huge tip about who could be the next manager to occupy Stamford Bridge dug-out next season.

Chelsea are yet to officially announce the departure of current manager Antonio Conte although the Italian is widely expected to leave the club after failing to guide them into the Champions League last season and falling out with the Stamford Bridge hierarchy.

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The list of Julen Lopetegui’s men for Russia 2018 has been drawn up, arousing many clamors; out of the list Blues’ player Alvaro Morata, favorited in its place Rodrigo, Diego Costa, Lucas Vazquez and Aspas.

Chelsea’ striker had scored three goals at Euro 2016 with red t-shirt and he scored 15 goals this season, 11 in Premier League, 1 in UCL, 2 in FA Cup and 1 in EFL Cup with Blues.

Out of Lopetegui’ chosen also Marco Alonso, Pedro and Cesc Fabregas. The only Spanish player from Chelsea summoned by Lopetegui is César Azpilicueta.

That’s Spanish squad

Keepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga, David De Gea, Pepe Reina;

Defenders: Jordi Alba, Nacho Monreal , Cesar Azpilicueta, Álvaro Odriozola, Daniel Carvajal, Gerard Piqué, Sergio Ramos, Nacho Fernández;

Midfielders: Thiago Alcántara, Sergio Busquets, Andrés Iniesta, Koke, Saúl Ñíguez, David Silva;

Forwards: Isco, Marco Asensio, Lucas Vázquez , Diego Costa, Rodrigo, Iago Aspas.

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Cesc Fabregas claims Chelsea players must give everything in next Saturday FA Cup final against Manchester United.

The Spanish midfielder reckons that hunger to add more silverware to their thophy cabinets is what must motivate the players:

“You have to feel the fire inside of you, the hunger you want to show on the pitch and this is something neither me or the coach can bring to the players,” said Fabregas.

“The fire, you have it or you don’t have it and on Saturday we have to make sure everyone is on top of their game.

 “It’s the first day we are back training since the Newcastle defeat, obviously we need to play much better but I’m 100 per cent sure we don’t even have to say that.

“But, it’s a final, it’s a big game and I feel that normally in those games you shouldn’t have to motivate players to play football because we do what we love and we always have to do it 120 per cent.

“It’s a final against United, on a big stage at Wembley, the last game of the season, you just have to go all for it.”

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