Cazorla and Costa comments on squad 'controversy' engulfing Spain

Arsenal midfielder and Chelsea target speak out over division within Spain's World Cup team.

Elegant midfielder Xavi Alonso incurred the wrath of part of the Spain squad recently as he lambasted La Furia Roja for a lack of drive.

Spain were the first nation to be knocked out of the FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil, just two matches into their defence of the trophy, having stormed to the 2010 title in South Africa.

With many familiar faces in the roster, Spain were humiliated by the Netherlands as they suffered a 5-1 loss, before Chile humbled them further with a 2-0 score.

Former Liverpool star Alonso said: "We couldn't maintain that hunger, that ambition... we weren't mentally prepared or physically fit enough."

MARCA report that the statement "angered" the dressing room.

"I don't agree with his comments," said Chelsea target Diego Costa, in response. "Everybody here was focused on winning. I'm here because I wanted to win, I wanted to reach the final and do a good job, but it wasn't to be. We obviously lacked something, but in terms of quality we're superior to many other teams."

Cazorla also reacted. He said: "A lot is being made of this matter. This is a great squad. We've proven that in victory, and now in defeat. Nobody has ever doubted Xabi or any other of our players, so there is no controversy in that sense.

"The Netherlands and Chile both beat us in our first two games, and that can happen in football, but I don't think it was due to a lack of hunger, ambition or enthusiasm. We have to accept that they were better than us, end on a high note against Australia and look optimistically to the future, because I think this squad has a bright future ahead of it."

Costa could well be one of the new stars to usher in the new Spain era, along with Atletico Madrid playmaker Koke Resurreccion and Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.

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