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Spain manager Luis de la Fuente explains what booing did to Chelsea’s Marc Cucurella at Euro 2024

Chelsea’s first representative at Euro 2024 has booked their place in the final of the competition.

Marc Cucurella’s terrific career revival has continued on the international stage, with him establishing himself as one of the most important players for Spain this summer.

It has been a continuation of how he finished his campaign with the Blues under Mauricio Pochettino, with inverting into midfield being a real positive for his game.

Marc Cucurella of Spain and Ousmane Dembele of France argue during the UEFA EURO 2024 semi-final match between Spain v France at Munich Football Ar...
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Cucurella endured an interesting response from those in attendance of the 2-1 victory over France last night.

Every time he touched the ball, he was jeered by those in attendance, seemingly because of the dubious handball decision that went his way in the prior round against Germany.

Spain manager says Cucurella motivated by boos

Spain manager Luis de la Fuente was asked about the incident, and told Beanyman Sports that he believes all it did was inspire the Chelsea man to perform better.

He said: “No I don’t know why they booed him to be honest. I have no idea. But the only thing they did was to motivate him. He’s a great professional, a really mature player, and he knew how to overcome the pressure.

“In any case, I am against any disrespect. I know the people who booed him do not represent Germany as a host company.”

Cucurella’s fortunes came at the expense of N’golo Kante, who was criticised by French media for his performance in the game.

Cucurella hoping for start at Chelsea

The Spaniard will be hoping his performances in the last few months will be enough for new Chelsea manager Enzo Maresca to entrust him with a start in the opening weeks of the domestic season.

He will likely be competing for a role on the left of defence with Ben Chilwell, who is already working hard back at Cobham.

Maresca was heard praising the vice-captain during a pre-season training session, potentially suggesting that he has made a good start to life under the new boss.

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