It was ultimately frustration for Spain as they suffered yet another defeat during an international friendly with the Netherlands earlier this week.
Arguably the biggest talking point post-game however wasn’t the 2-0 scoreline, nor the eye-catching skill produced by Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur target Memphis Depay, but Francesc Fabregas’ visible frustration at a question posed to him in an interview directly after the fixture’s conclusion.
When asked whether or not people had been given reason to continue believing in the Spanish national team the Chelsea star simply patted the journalist on the shoulder, offered a rather blunt answer and then walked off of camera in a hurry.
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Our good friends at Google Translate tell us that the playmaker’s parting comment of ‘venga’ is actually ‘come on’ in English.
It could be that it was a ‘come on’ in a ‘come on, why are you asking things like that?’ sort of way, but we’re not going to try and discern to contextual relevance of Fabregas’ usage as… well, honestly none of us speak Spanish.
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Right to be annoyed?
Actions speak louder than words though, as they say, and his immediate departure from the shot could go some way to revealing what Fabregas actually thought of the query.
Frustrations were of course sure to be at an all-time high given the recent drop in fortunes the Spain national side has endured, and Fabregas - whose second-half to this campaign hasn’t been nearly so impressive as his first - might be beginning to feel the heat.
The former Arsenal captain was an unused substitute during the recent Euro 2016 qualifier with Ukraine, a match which Vicente del Bosque’s men won 1-0, but returned to the starting XI for the friendly with Guus Hiddink’s struggling Holland.
End of an era
The Oranje, like their Spanish counterparts, haven’t looked nearly so comfortable since the departure of Louis van Gaal to Manchester United, yet they were still fairly assured in their victory over the 2010 World Cup winners.
Whether or not Spain can return to the dizzy heights of dominance that saw them clinch two European Championships on the bounce, with the triumph in South Africa sandwiched in the middle, remains to be seen, but with the likes of Xavi, Carles Puyol and Xabi Alonso having hung up their international boots there’s a great deal for Fabregas and co. to do.
Football fans, can Spain restore order soon? Or have they enjoyed their era of dominance? Let us know what you think in the comments box below.
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