The former Arsenal midfielder assisted and scored a goal each in the last two qualifying games in this break.
Spain finished their European Championship 2020 qualifying campaign with a 5-0 victory against Romania and Santi Cazorla once again amazed the fans with his impressive display in the national colours. He was consistently involved in the playmaking, as he demonstrated his creativity in abundance and even set up Gerard Moreno’s goal in the first half.
A visibly delighted Cazorla spoke to the presenter after the conclusion of the match. He was asked about how it felt to make such a convincing comeback after the gruesome injury troubles that he had gone through in the past.
The midfielder said, “Yes, of course, that whole struggle has been worth it because it was unthinkable for me that I would feel this level of support from people and I would be back with the national team. I would always be grateful to people for the support that they have shown me today.”
He was later asked about Spain’s qualification to the next year’s Euro 2020. Cazorla remarked, “Well, it’s good. We have achieved our objective and we have won again today. I hope we can achieve some great things on the road ahead.”
Spain has been rather sublime during the whole qualification tournament as they notched eight victories from their 10 matches so far. They drew the other two games and finished atop the table with 26 points to their name. The second-best side in their group, Sweden, finished with 21 points as they won six games and drew the other three matches.
The 34-year-old was recalled to the squad after his brilliant performances for Villarreal and the veteran hasn’t disappointed ever since as he had delivered another stunning display in the previous match against Malta. Spain had routed 7-0 over the minnows and Cazorla had notched a goal in the 42nd minute in that match just a few days ago.
The Spaniards would be edging to prove their doubters wrong in the next year’s competition as they had been eliminated in the Round of 16 stage by Italy by a margin of 2-0 in the 2016 edition of the Euros.
Furthermore, they flattered to deceive in the World Cup last year too as Russia defeated them in the penalty shoot, yet again in the Round of 16.
Cazorla would have a defining role to play if Spain is to succeed in the next year’s Euros and his current form suggests that he is well on course to do so. In the La Liga itself, he has scored five goals and assisted four other in merely 13 appearances.