Azpi ‘ambitious’ for Spain starting role

Cesar Azpilicueta hopes to be given the chance to start for Spain at the World Cup but admits he faces tough competition.

The Chelsea man played the full 90 minutes of last night’s friendly win over Bolivia, starting at right-back having played most of the season for his club on the left.

Azpilicueta spoke to reporters after the match and said that if Vicente Del Bosque asks, he will show his versatility for the national team as well.

“This year I played on the left. The Coach thought I could help in that position and I was glad to do it. I’ll play in more positions,” he said, according to AS.

“I’ll play wherever the Coach needs me.”

He added that he was happy with the team’s performance against Bolivia, particularly how strong they were in attack.

“I try to do my best job possible,” he said of his own showing.

“It was a game with a lot of chances and we scored two. The team played well.

“Now I have to wait for the squad. We all have high hopes and I’m very happy about what might happen if I have the chance to go.

“Of course I will fight for my place because I am ambitious and I want more.

“When I was 15 or 16 playing in the senior team was a dream when we all start at the lower levels.

“It’s a dream to go to the World Cup. I hope we all get there in the best possible condition.”

Azpilicueta also predicted that the hosts would pose the biggest threat to Spain’s chance of retaining the World Cup

“We are the champions and we play Brazil at home and they’re the champions of the Confederations Cup,” he said.

“They always have great teams in the World Cup.”

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