Cesar Azpilicueta has posted his congratulations to Chelsea team-mate Andre Schurrle on Twitter, after Germany’s World Cup triumph last night.
Schurrle was part of the Germany squad which lifted the trophy after a 1-0 extra-time win against Argentina in the Maracana and he played a crucial part in their success.
Schurrle came off the bench in the final to provide a brilliant assist for Mario Gotze’s extra-time goal, which was to prove the difference between the two nations.
It is the first time that Germany have won the competition as a united nation and it means that Schurrle has surely written his name into his country’s folklore for the rest of time.
The 23-year-old was involved in all but one of Germany’s games on their way to the title, but was used sparingly by manager Joachim Loew.
Most of the Chelsea winger’s appearances came off the bench, but his pace and power was still a threat and he ended the tournament with three goals as well as the crucial assist to his name.
It means that Azpilicueta’s message may well have been one tinged with a bit of envy, as Spain’s World Cup campaign came to an unexpected end.
The Spanish were one of the most disappointing teams at the World Cup – failing to live up to their high expectations and crashing out at the group stages.
Both the duo’s attentions will now turn back towards their upcoming campaign with Chelsea again this season, though.
Azpilicueta and Schurrle are likely to be pivotal men in Jose Mourinho’s starting line-up this season, with the Blues looking to secure the Premier League title for the first time since the 2009/10 season.