Chelsea FC stars learnt who they would be facing in Euro 2016 after the groups were drawn yesterday.
The 2016 edition of UEFA’s European Championship takes place in France next summer and dignitaries from the 24 nations still left in the mix descended on the Palais Des Congres in Paris to learn who they will be facing in a few months’ time.
With Chelsea boasting some of the most talented individuals on the continent (although you wouldn’t believe that at the moment), there would have certainly been a large group huddled around a screen at Cobham.
So with that in mind, let’s run through the draw from a Blues perspective.
Spain represents Chelsea’s biggest interest at the EUROs, with no less than four players in contention for a spot in Vicente Del Bosque’s squad.
The defending champions have been dealt a fairly difficult hand with Croatia, Turkey and the Czech Republic being drawn alongside them in Group D.
The Czech Republic finished at the top of their qualifying group, winning seven out of their ten fixtures. Turkey, meanwhile, progressed from the same group by virtue of being the best third-placed outfit.
Croatia finished second in a qualifying group that included Italy, despite being deducted one point for racist behaviour on behalf of their fans as well. The Ante Cacic-led side also held the Italians to two 1-1 draws in the two fixtures between them.
Cesar Azpilicueta, Diego Costa, Pedro and Cesc Fabregas will all be vying for a place in the tournament squad. However, only Azpilicueta’s spot appears certain at the moment. The other three have been in poor-to-mediocre form and Costa has already been dropped by Del Bosque as a consequence.
A lot of work will need to be put in and much improvement to be witnessed if this trio are to hold off opposition from what is still an incredibly talented pool of Spanish players.
While the group has the potential to be the scene of some upsets, Spain will be desperate for retribution after their thoroughly disappointing performance at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.