Fabregas – tonight’s game is “life or death”
Never one to mix his metaphors, Chelsea’s new midfielder Cesc Fabregas has declared that Spain’s match in Group B against Chile tonight is “life or death”.
June 18th, 2014
Regardless of your personal opinions about how seriously we should take our sport, Fabregas has at least managed to grasp the serious nature of the situation. Spain’s 5-1 humbling at the hands of their 2010 final opponents the Netherlands has stirred up something in the midfield star – something that ought to make his fellow players determined to make a go of it tonight when the two teams meet in Rio.
“We are going to try until the 95th minute,” Fabregas revealed at today’s press conference. “For us, it’s win or win. If not, we are going home.”
That’s the kind of attitude the Chelsea fans will welcome in the new season as the former Arsenal player waits to line up against Premier League new boys Burnley on the opening day of next season.
Also today in Group B, the Netherlands can all but seal their place with victory against Australia – who will be missing their only recognised right-back after Ivan Franjic was ruled out of the rest of the tournament due to a hamstring injury. Incoming Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal has concerns of his own ahead of the match – having called for a TV camera to be moved out of his way from the dugout.
With the camera claimed as “too low” and a dugout that’s already steeped under the pitch, van Gaal has claimed he has “no view” from where he sits – and doesn’t usually prowl the touchline like other coaches. Fifa are looking into “mitigating the obstructed view” – but with the superior goal difference and inferior opposition ahead, we don’t imagine the coach getting too worked up about this.