The Azzurri was played off the park at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday night as Spain beat the Italian’s 3-0.
The star of the show was Isco, who scored a first half brace to tee up the victory.
That included a brilliant free-kick which beat Gigi Buffon all-ends-up.
Spain’s victory was sealed by Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata. He finished a counter-attack at the back post following excellent work from Sergio Ramos.
Since moving from Real Madrid to Chelsea in the summer, Morata has hit the ground running.
He’s scored three goals this season for club and country, including two goals in the Premier League for Chelsea.
Moreover, Morata has found goals easier to come by this campaign than compared to Karim Benzema or Gareth Bale.
Both Benzema and Bale have played much more game time at Real Madrid than Morata has at Chelsea, yet the Los Blancos stars only have one goal each to their names this term so far.
Of course, it’s an early sample size.
Morata’s message to Real Madrid
Over the weekend, Morata has given a lengthy interview to Spanish paper El Pais.
During the Q&A, the Chelsea new boy explained one reason why he left Madrid this summer. It was about game time, as Morata explained:
If I was allowed to play five consecutive matches I might have stayed. In Madrid I never played five straight games.
Morata has also spoken about what his role is in the Chelsea XI:
In Juventus we played with two forwards and here [at Chelsea] we play with three. It is complicated because I come from Madrid and the [Spain] national team where you can play with spaces or not, depending on the situation. Tactically, Chelsea are Italian. You must fit in the scheme.
The forward always have to be the reference point to help your teammates. You have to fight against the centre backs and on physicality they are much stronger than in any other country. It is true that they are a bit too uncoordinated in their tactics and they offer you opportunities to score because they lose concentration, but it is another [style of] football.”
In Spain you have time to think with the ball. Here if you hold onto the ball [for too long] they will have already given you two stamps.
The difference [between Spain and Chelsea] is that Chelsea’s game is based on me. When we play with three upfront many times we face rivals which defend with a three-man back line, similar to what you find in Italy. The centre most centre-back follows me and the other two go one on one against the wide forward Willian [and] Pedro.
More Breaking News:
Michy Batshuayi was reportedly a very late target for Spurs in case a deal on transfer deadline day for Fernando Llorente to Spurs couldn’t be wrapped up.
That’s according to both the Daily Mail and Metro, who claim Mauricio Pochettino had enquired over a move – not that it mattered in the end as Llorente ended up signing.
Batshuayi is seemingly again going to struggle for game time under Antonio Conte this season – when he has been on the pitch he scored that won goal at Wembley – the Spurs boss thought he might be able to pinch the frontman to support Harry Kane.
But, despite the signing of Alvaro Morata this summer for a club-record fee, Conte wants to keep Batshuayi as competition and, not surprisingly, rebuffed any advance from Spurs for the Belgian.
Wilfired Bony completed his move from Manchester City to Swansea on deadline day, meaning Llorente completed his switch to Spurs while Chelsea wrapped up the signings of Davide Zappacosta and Danny Drinkwater on the final day of the window.