International Round-Up: How Chelsea Players Performed For Their Countries
While the Chelsea fans are counting every minute for the Premier League to return this weekend after a fortnight, players have been busy fulfilling their international duties. Our players faced both ups and downs in these international matches.
An update on the ongoing International Round-Up: How Chelsea Players Performed For Their Countries. Here’s how
The happiest among them all had to be Diego Costa. The Spanish forward has been off to a flying start in the Premier League with Chelsea but had struggled to find his first goal for Spain. The drought finally came to an end, when Costa scored the 3rd goal for Spain in a 4-0 win over Luxembourg. Cesc Fabregas and Cesar Azpilicueta remained on the bench as unused substitutes.
England travelled to one of the mid-major footballing powers of Central/Eastern Europe. Wayne Rooney scored the only goal of the match for England. The vice-captain of The Three Lions and arguably Chelsea’s most consistent player this season, Gary Cahill, played the complete 90 minutes and was expectedly rock-solid at the back.
Meanwhile, Andre Schurrle was part of the lacklustre German side that took on Poland, who created history by beating Die Mannschaft for the first time in 20 international encounters. Germany’s attack seemed ill-shaped and malformed, with the match ending at a final score of 2-0 in Poland’s favour.
Nemanja Matic and Branislav Ivanovic both played for 90 minutes in Serbia’s 1-1 draw against Armenia. In what looked like an unhappy result for Serbia, it could have been much worse for The Beli Orlovi if it weren’t for a last-gasp equalizer in the 90th minute.
Chelsea’s Brazilian trio, Oscar, Willian and Filipe Luis all played for 90 minutes in a 2-0 win over Argentina although La Albiceleste looked the better team in the 1st half. Oscar contributed to both goals with crosses but was seen in defensive work as he was supposed to. Filipe Luis came close to scoring his first international goal after Neymar slid him in, but he couldn’t.
Fortunately for Chelsea, there were no reported injuries to players, although the performances of certain players remained questionable giving Mourinho something to think about, if Chelsea are to carry on with their undefeated streak in the Premier League. Having said that, let us not forget the amazing show that these players have put on both as a team and individually this season for Chelsea.
Edited By: Vikram Vadiganeni