The Arsenal midfielder has denied Spain lacked motivation despite their early World Cup exit following two defeats in their opening two Group B matchesBy Pilar Suarez in Curitiba
Spain midfielder Santi Cazorla has dismissed team-mate Xabi Alonso's claim that a lack of hunger contributed to their World Cup exit.
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After that game at the Maracana, Alonso admitted motivation may have dipped for a side accustomed to so much success.
That was strenuously denied by Arsenal midfielder Cazorla at Friday’s press conference in Curitiba.
"We did not win the games [against the Netherlands and Chile] but there was no lack of hunger, ambition or desire," he said.
Cazorla denied his opinion of Alonso had changed after his remarks, adding: "We have no doubt on Xabi Alonso or any other team-mate. There is no polemic here."
The future of coach Vicente del Bosque is uncertain following La Roja’s dismal displays in Brazil but Cazorla is hoping he stays on.
"Vicente has been with us for a long time, thanks to him we have achieved a lot of important things.
"He knows he has our support."