Chelsea midfielder, Cesc Fabregas has reacted to Spain ouster from the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Spain was knocked out of the tournament by Russia yesterday and Fabregas said he was disappointed by the performance of the 2010 winners.
With the game level at 1-1 after 120 minutes, Russia came away 4-3 on penalties to secure a place in the quarter-final.
Spain only just made it through the group, winning just one of their three games, and has fallen at the first hurdle in the knockout stages.
Chelsea midfielder, Fabregas was left out of the Spain squad for the tournament and had earlier blamed his club’s boss, Antonio Conte for that.
The former Arsenal star said he could not understand how a team with so many players from Barcelona and Real Madrid have exited the competition so early.
“I’m sad, I’m disappointed,” Fabregas said on BBC. ”I think we could have done more. There’s a lot of talent in this team.
“It’s a great team, you look at the names, and for me you have the best defence.
“Two Real Madrid players, two Barcelona players, you have (Sergio) Busquets, the best holding midfield player in the world.
“You have (Andres) Iniesta, (David) Silva, you cannot really find better names or better players in these positions.”
Spain sacked their manager, Julen Lopetegui just two days before their first game of the World Cup after he agreed to take over at Real Madrid.
And Fabregas said that undoubtedly, the sack would have had an impact on the players.
“It hurts,” he added. As a professional, if I was in this situation, it must confuse you, 100 per cent.”
Europa league: Iwobi Celebrates Arsenal’s quarter-Final Feat
Alex Iwobi is thrilled with Arsenal’s progress into the quater-finals of the UEFA Europa League following Wednesday’s 3-1 win against French club, Stade Rennes at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners bounced back from a 3-1 first leg deficit to advance 4-3 on aggregate.
Gabonese forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice for the North London club in the game, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles got the other.
Iwobi replaced Alexandre Lacazette in the 70th minute of the encounter.
“Barging Into The Next Round Like …” the talented winger wrote on his Twitter handle on Thursday.
The Nigeria international has now made eight appearances for Arsenal in the Europa League this season and has scored once with two assists to his name.
The 22-year-old who has also scored three goals in 27 Premier League appearances for the Gunners is expected to link up with his international teammates next week for the 2019/AFCON qualifier against Seychelles and international friendly versus Egypt.
Barcelona’s squad against Lyon revealed
Barcelona have released their line-up that will tackle Lyon on Wednesday night in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second-leg clash at Camp Nou Stadium.
Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverde released a list of 20 players through the club’s official website.
Valverde’s men head to the game following a 0-0 draw with Lyon in the first leg encounter played last month.
Below is the Barcelona squad against Lyon:
Goalkeepers: Marc-André ter Stegen, Jasper Cillessen.
Defenders: Nélson Semedo, Gerard Piqué, Clément Lenglet, Jeison Murillo, Jordi Alba, Samuel Umtiti.
Midfielders: Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Philippe Coutinho, Arthur, Sergi Roberto, Arturo Vidal, Carles Aleñá.
Forwards: Luis Suárez, Lionel Messi, Ousmane Dembélé, Malcom, Kevin-Prince Boateng.
The kick-off time for the match is 9:00pm.
Liverpool vs Bayern Munich : Klopp reveals squad
Liverpool have released their line-up that will tackle Bayern Munich on Wednesday night in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second-leg clash at Allianz Arena Stadium.
Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp released a list of 21 players through the club’s official website.
Klopp’s men head to the game following a 0-0 draw with Bayern Munich in the first leg encounter last month.
Below is the squad against Bayern Munich:
Fabinho, Van Dijk, Wijnaldum, Lovren, Milner, Firmino, Mane, Salah, Alisson, Henderson, Sturridge, Moreno, Lallana, Mignolet, Shaqiri, Robertson, Origi, Matip, Phillips, Kelleher, Alexander-Arnold.
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