The Spanish national team Coach Julen Lopetegui released a 23-man Russia 2018 World Cup list on Monday May 21 2018, with notable stars who play with Chelsea missing from the list.
Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas, Pedro Rodriguez , Alvaro Morata and Marcos Alonso did not get a spot on the list and this seems to be a source of worry for some Chelsea fans who were looking up to see their stars represent their nation at the global event.
ESPN Sport reports that “Morata, who scored five goals in qualifying, had been a regular in Lopetegui’s squads until March, when he was dropped after losing his starting place at Chelsea.
More so, Alonso who was widely tipped to make the squad after impressing this season in the Premier League after scoring seven goals in 33 league starts, was also dropped for Monreal, who plays the same position.
The source reported Lopetegui to say at a news conference that: “Monreal has come with us many times,” Lopetegui “We know him well and we are convinced he will help us.”
Sport Intelligence further found out that Pedro Rodriguez who moved to Chelsea in 2015-2016 season was dropped from the list, the 28-year-old who comes more often from the bench has made 31 appearances for Chelsea in 2017-2018 season and has just scored 4 goals in all. This could just be a reason.
On the omission of Alvaro Morata from the list, Lopetegui was quoted by ESPN Sport to say: “It’s not easy to give 23 players and the doubt always exists. In the case of Morata, he’s had a complex season but he could have come. He hasn’t because another player has convinced us more.”
“Morata, in his first season at Chelsea following a move from Madrid, has struggled with a back injury and played just four minutes in his team’s 1-0 win over Manchester United in the FA Cup final on Saturday”.
Following his omission, Morata sent a message of support to the squad, which read: “The best of luck for the World Cup!! As of right now I will be supporting and cheering until the end as I’ve always done!!”
Interestingly, former Chelsea forward Diego Costa who moved to Atletico Madrid in January made the list after helping his side to finish second on the table and winning the Europa League title.