Nacho Monreal finally got his first call up since 2013 for Spain’s match against Albania on Sunday but getting there in time was easier said than done.
As reported by Sport Witness, the left-back, who was drafted in to replace the injured Jordi Alba, had to fly from London to Rome, then from there he had to get to Albania’s capital, Tirana. He then had to get a car from Tirana to Shkoder, which is 100km away.
Monreal reportedly arrived at his hotel at 2am before the match against Albania.
Fortunately for him, they won 2-0 and he even assisted Nolito.
It just goes to show that although it would have been a huge rush to get called up for the first time in three years, there was probably a fair amount of stress that went along with it. Saying this, it was probably this adrenaline that allowed him to function during the clash itself.
Plus, the money probably takes a little bit of the hassle out of the equation…