September 23, 2021

EURO: Spain Can Emulate Chelsea’s Success

MADRID: Cesar Azpilicueta said today that Spain could take inspiration from Chelsea’s success in the Champions League after a slow start left them struggling to advance to the last 16 of Euro 2020.

Azpilicueta clinched Chelsea’s second European Cup as the team transformed under new coach Thomas Tuchel, ending a stunning season when overcoming Manchester City in the final.

Spain are now hoping for a similar change after two disappointing draws against Sweden and Poland meant they would have to beat Slovakia early on Thursday morning to qualify from Group E.

They are currently third, one point behind Slovakia and two behind Sweden.

“It’s not how you start, it’s how you end it,” Azpilicueta said in a news conference today.

“I saw it this year in the Champions League. Before January we weren’t good and after that we did well.”

Despite showing an outstanding performance for Chelsea, Azpilicueta has rarely been Luis Enrique’s top choice and only started from the bench for Spain’s opening two games.

“We’re all fighting to get a place,” he said. “Right now, we don’t know anything about the next lineup.”