SPAIN | 2014 WORLD CUP
Azpilicueta: "We can't look beyond Holland"
Chelsea defender grateful for the versatility that led to his call-up for Spain.
César Azpilicueta is participating in his first major international tournament in Brazil, a proud moment for the Chelsea defender. In an interview with club media, the 24-year-old former Osasuna and Marseille player said playing in a World Cup was a dream come true and toed the traditional line of saying Spain must focus on the tournament on a game-by-game basis.
World Cup: “For every football player it is a dream to play at a World Cup. This one is in Brazil and Spain won the last one so expectations are high. The whole world will be watching.”
Spain: “We have the experience of last year, when we played in the Confederations Cup in Brazil. Obviously a World Cup is different although we know what we can expect and we have to adapt as quickly as possible to the conditions. It is very difficult to keep winning but we are going to try. We know what we want to do, how we want to play and I hope that our style helps us to achieve what we want to do. When you play for your country you carry everybody’s emotions. When we won in 2010 you could see the hope it gave to the whole country. Hopefully we can do that again.”
Objectives: “It will be hard, but in the last World Cup we lost to Switzerland in the opening game. Nobody expected that. That shows that every game is complicated and you can’t look any further ahead than the first match, which for us is against Holland. We can't look beyond that.”
Versatility: “I think that helped me get my name on the list. When you have a group of 23 players it helps if some of them can play in different positions because that means you can bring other players for other areas of the pitch where maybe more are needed. That’s what I’ve been working on and I’ll be very happy to play wherever the coach needs me.”