Like a Spanish selection happy to finally start their World Cup (the 23rd against Costa Rica), Cesar Azpilicueta was in a good mood this Saturday afternoon at a press conference at his team’s base camp. He was just coming out of a training session in the sun, but even the sweltering heat of Doha doesn’t bother him.
“I’m from London, I can’t complain! » In Spanish, in English and even in French, the right side, relaxed, told his confidence in his team, young but well balanced, according to him, and his desire to do better than during his two previous World Cups, in 2014 (elimination in the first round), then in 2018 (round of 16).
“We have to stick together and make as few mistakes as possible. It’s always about the details.”
“My experiences in competition have not been what I dreamed of, he acknowledged. But football gives us a new chance, with a young selection. We must stick together and make as few mistakes as possible. It always comes down to details. » The Chelsea defender is lucid but ambitious: “Winning this World Cup would be huge. We know this is a wonderful opportunity, but we also know how difficult it will be. We will try to do everything to make the Spaniards proud. »
The former Marseillais had a thought for José Gaya, injured in the ankle and forfeited, who left the rally on Friday. “I have a big thought for him, Azpilicueta said. It was sad to see him go and we will give everything for him too. » His replacement, Alejandro Balde, lands this Saturday afternoon in Doha and he will train tomorrow morning with his teammates.