Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso says that he “felt like smashing the TV set” when watching the Champions League draw play out without Chelsea.
Alonso added that the pain he felt from missing out on has made him even more determined to get back into the Premier League’s top four this season.
“When you see the [Champions League] draw on TV, the groups and your team is not there, I felt like smashing the TV set,” Alonso said, according to Spanish radio station Onda Cero.
“I hope it’s a lesson for us to fight this year and compete for the Premier League and qualify for the Champions League. I think last season we deserved more and it’s a pity not be in the competition this season.”
“I never saw myself away from Chelsea this summer,” Alonso added. “I’m very happy there. Unless the club had wanted to sell me, my wish was and has always been to stay. The day I retire from football I will return to Spain but right now I have three years left at Chelsea and I’m very happy there.”