New Chelsea signing Davide Zappacosta was one of the best players on the pitch in Italy’s 1-0 win against Israel yesterday night. The 25-year-old has just moved to South West London and his brilliant performance against Israel may suggest the Italian will justify his € 30 million price-tag.
Zappacosta entered the pitch in the 49th minute replacing AC Milan newcomer Andrea Conti. The rossoneri right-back failed to create troubles to the away team, whilst Zappacosta’s performance helped Italy to create goal chances and, eventually, seal a key and suffered win.
The former Torino star played almost the entire second half against Israel but failed to play one single minute against Spain on Saturday night when the azzurri were trashed 3-0 by Spain.
As La Gazzetta dello Sport points out, Antonio Candreva, who played on the same edge of Zappacosta, managed to create 7 goal chances in the second half, whilst he failed to create any sort of trouble in the previous 45 minutes when Andrea Conti was playing behind him on the right.
La Gazzetta dello Sport and many other Italian media praise Zappacosta’s performance and claims the new signing of Chelsea was vital for the azzurri to seal a 1-0 win which should allow Giampiero Ventura’s side to qualify for World Cup play-offs.
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Morata warns Diego Costa
Spain haven’t yet sealed their qualification for the 2018 World Cup, but they are close.
It’s been an excellent international break for Spain as they chalked up back to back wins over Italy and Liechtenstein.
Indeed, La Roja scored 11 goals in their past two matches while conceding zero.
On Tuesday night, in a match of men against boys, Spain destroyed minnows Liechtenstein in an 8-0 thrashing.
Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata scored twice in the Liechtenstein game.
Morata is now the top goalscorer for Spain in their World Cup qualifying campaign.
The Chelsea new boy has five goals along with Diego Costa and Man City’s David Silva.
The likes of Spanish paper AS seem to be intent in driving a wedge between Alvaro Morata and Diego Costa on Wednesday.
That’s after they’ve published an article titled “Alvaro Morata warns Diego Costa”.
Of course, Morata never mentioned Diego Costa on Tuesday night. Instead, after the Liechtenstein game he simply said:
The important thing is that the team has won and we have fewer matches.
The Spanish press appear to have twisted those quotes as if Morata threw a challenge down to Diego Costa.
In doing so they suggest that Costa may be too focused on his own situation rather than considering how his actions affects the Spanish team at large.
In the past twenty-four hours, mixed reports have come out over Diego Costa’s possible return to Chelsea.
Reports did the rounds on Tuesday that Costa, who has been spending time in Brazil during the summer, has returned to the English capital.
However those suggestions have been rejected by the Mirror on Wednesday morning. The tabloid has stated that Costa has not returned to London.