Azpilicueta: Spanish squad excited

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has described how all the Spanish players are enjoying playing under new manager Julen Lopetegui.

The 27-year-old full back has become an integral part of the new manager’s plans with the national team and is looking forward to representing his country in what is now his home city.

“From the very first game against Belgium things went well and from even before that hopes were high,” Azpilicueta told Chelsea’s club website.

“We were really excited about playing with the new manager but you can only think about the next game in football, you should not get too far ahead of yourselves and the game against England doesn’t come much bigger, it is a really prestigious friendly game against a top national side.

“England have been doing quite well recently and it is a good challenge for us. We all want to do well and finish off this latest international get-together with a positive result.”

The former Osasuna and Marseille defender then described what Spanish players have brought to the English game.

“It's my fifth season at Chelsea,” the defender continued.

“Generally Spanish players didn’t travel abroad, they have started to do that a bit more, especially to England.

“Each player has their own style but when English clubs sign a Spanish player they look to enhance the quality within the squad. We've a slight different playing philosophy, different style and we can only improve ourselves by playing in different countries, and that is the case particularly in England.”

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