Marcos Alonso Admits Compatriot Wasn’t Happy After Spain Snub
Chelsea wingback Marcos Alonso has revealed that Alvaro Morata was not pleased after he was omitted from the Spain squad for their upcoming international friendlies against Germany and Argentina. The 25-year-old went through a tough period with the Blues owing to injuries and a loss of form, and this eventually hampered his chances of making Julen Lopetegui’s squad.
Speaking in a press conference, Alonso admitted that his compatriot was not impressed by the decision, but he is hopeful that the striker can turn it around with a rich vein of form for Chelsea in the tail-end of the season. Meanwhile, discussing about his maiden call-up to La Roja, Alonso stressed that he was never distracted by the international prospects, and it came as a pleasant surprise after he earned his due rewards.
He said:“Alvaro wasn't happy. He's gone through a couple of difficult months because of a back problem. He's at 100 per cent now, he got back to scoring the other day...I hope he helps us at the end of the season. He's really important and I hope he's at the World Cup. I tried to give it the least importance. It came as a surprise and a prize for the last few years. Now, I'm quickly getting focused, and it's really exciting.”
Alonso’s arrival at Stamford Bridge was questioned by many during the summer of 2016. However, he has since been one of the Blues’ most consistent performers in the squad, and has contributed six goals in each top-flight season. The ex-Fiorentina man has also become a dead-ball specialist, and this potential has helped his side come up victors on a few occasions.
As for Morata, he needs to work hard between now and the end of the season in order to come into contention for the World Cup squad. The marksman ended a 13-game scoring drought, by scoring the opener against Leicester City last weekend, but prior to that, the Spaniard found himself dropped in favour of ex-Chelsea ace Diego Costa.