Chelsea play maker Cesc Fabregas and Spanish veteran Iker Casillas were notable name missing from the players’ list released by Vincent del Bosque’s replacement.

Manager Julen Lopetegui released his first invitation to players this week as Spain is trying to restore itself as the best after their 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 stumble.

Spain were a real dominant force with their talented player and unique style of play from 2008-2012. They won the 2010 World Cup, and Euro 2008 and 2012. Lopetegui has been handed a critical task of returning the country to winning ways. Hence, the start is to get the best players to feature in games. He decided to leave out Spain’s most capped player in Casillas. Casillas has 167 caps for Spain, while Fabregas has featured 110 times for his country.

Spain is set to play against Belgium and Liechtenstein during the international window in a bid to get a ticket to Moscow. Chelsea striker Diego Costa and Manchester United’s Juan Mata got a recall to the national team after being left out of the Euro 2016 squad. David de Gea is set to appear in goal, as he did during the tournament in Brazil. Adrian of West Ham and Pepe Reina of Napoli are the spare goalkeepers.
Regulars Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal, Gerard Pique, and Jordi Alba got a call to the team, with Borussia Dortmund’s Marc Bartra, Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta and Javi Martinez completing the list of defenders.
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Spain international and Chelsea play maker Cesc Fabregas has returned to training after ending his holiday.

Chelsea have a huge task ahead this season, especially with the efforts made by their core rivals in strengthening their squads. Fabregas was reported to have gone to Baleric island Formentera, near Ibiza with his woman Daniella Semaan this week, barely a week before their first fixture in the English Premier League. However, the player has now returned to serious training as Chelsea prepare for their first fixture in the new season this weekend.

There will be changes as new boss Antonio Conte brought in N’Golo Kante from Leicester City and Micht Batshuayi, after his decent show at the Euro 2016. This means increased competition for first team and regular action in the middle for the former Arsenal and Barcelona player. Read more »


Chelsea FC incoming coach Antonio Conte is set to resume at the club finally after his national team assignment with Italy ended with a loss to the reigning World Cup Champions, Germany, in the quarter final of the ongoing Euro 2016 in France.

The talented coach, who led Italian giant Juventus to three successive Serie A titles, said he would take a little break before taking over fully at Stamford Bridge.

He was quoted saying: “Now I will take seven days off, I will try and shift a bit of this disappointment at going out of the competition, before then taking the reins at Chelsea. I know it will be a significant difficult challenge but that is the sort of challenge I relish.”

Italy lost out to Germany 6-5 in a penalty shootout, with the Germans moving on to face France in the semi finals. Cesc Fabregas was pictured holidaying with his girlfriend Daniella Semaan and his close friends on a yacht. The Spain international was a part of the team that was ousted by a sterling Italian squad in the Round of 16. The defending Euro champions put up an underwhelming performance at the tournament. Fabregas was pictured a week from this loss on the yacht in Ibiza. The player is seemingly enjoying his extended break, before returning to London to prepare for the coming season under Conte.

The 29-year old will have to wait for Conte to unveil his plans for the season when he fully resumes at the Bridge. Conte has a huge task of returning the club to winning ways for him to remain at the club. A lot of changes will be made and with a lot of players still linked to the club, the changes are just the starting for the team.


Former Chelsea and Spurs defender Graham Roberts condemned the comments of Chelsea players, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas for their open comments on who they prefer to lift the English Premier League this season.

He described the comments about wanting Leicester City to win the EPL title over Tottenham Hotspurs as “ridiculous” and unprofessional.

Chelsea face Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Monday before hosting Leicester on the final day of the season, meaning that last season’s Premier League title winners could yet have a big say on the destination of the trophy this time around.

Eden Hazard after the 4-1 victory over Bournemouth last weekend said that “the fans, the club and the players” want to see Leicester edge out Tottenham in the title race. On the other hand, Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas had earlier revealed that he too would be rooting against Spurs most likely due to his links to the emirates where he played for years.

The comments angered many as it led to suggestions that Chelsea might deliberately lose to Leicester in order to deny Tottenham the title and undermine the integrity of the Premier League and the Chelsea coach had to come out to deny the suggestions.

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Cesc Fabregas to become the next Chelsea captain

With the current Chelsea captain, John Terry likely to end his career or leave Chelsea, there will be the need for the manager to appoint a new captain. The name is consistently being heard is Cesc Fabregas.

Cesc Fabregas is no stranger to the captain role after having lead Arsenal during his time at the Emirates. However, his past association with the Gunners can cause some of the fans not to agree with him being the captain. In fairness, it will all depend on the new manager and also on the players that might be coming in during the transfer period.

But among the current Chelsea players, there are very few that have shown some kind of leadership qualities, and it is only Cesc Fabregas that appears to be head and shoulders above the rest. The form of the Spaniard has also significantly improved during the second part of the season and will definitely be the perfect candidate to a role as the Chelsea captain.

Alternatively, it might be the Serbian BranislavIvanovic that could take over from John Terry. Indeed, he is currently the vice-captain, but it will all depend on whether he will still be in the team next season with rumors suggesting that there might be new defenders coming on the team. Read more »

Fabregas career in Chelsea has turned from a dream to a nightmare

For a fee of around €33 million, Chelsea secured the services of CescFabregas as the Spanish midfielder completed his move from Arsenal to Stamford Bridge. The initial few weeks and even months of Fabregas as a player of Chelsea saw him performing at a world class level.

Fabregas spent the first half of the season of 2014-15 playing superbly and he was easily one of the best players of the entire Premier League. During the first 6 months of Fabregas in Stamford Bridge, he provided his teammates with 16 assists and made the midfield of Chelsea click with fluent and pinpoint passes which helped the Premier League club in scoring goals on a consistent basis.

When the 2nd half of the Premier League season kicked off, Fabregas and the entire squad of Jose Mourinho suffered a huge set-back and took a huge drop of form. Starting from 2015 the Spanish midfielder has had less of an impact and this is clearly evident by his statistic as Fabregas was only capable of providing 7 assists and only 1 goal in this year.

The fans of Chelsea have gone from praising and supporting CescFabregas in his first season for Chelsea to booing him in the 2nd half of the season and wanting to see him being dropped to the sidelines. Fabregas currently has a love-hate relationship with the fanbase of the Premier League club.

It’s rumored that Fabregas has entered the radar of Juventus and Inter Milan as well as a few other clubs around the world but since the arrival of GuusHiddink, the Dutch coach has managed to spark life back to Fabregas and Chelsea who are slowly going through a rise in form and steadily been collecting points in the Premier League club. Read more »