Players Who Spearheaded Chelsea’s Push To The Title
For a team to win the league, all the players, regular starters and squad players have to put in an extra shift to give that extra quality that ensures that the team is almost always at the top of their game. We have had quite the outstanding season with only a few players suffering long dips in form.
While some players have done decently enough and some not so much. Others that were not able to contribute enough to the push for the Premier League have already been offloaded such as Andre Schurrle and Mohammad Salah. However, some players have been crucial to what is going to Chelsea’s record breaking stay at the top of the English elite.
We will look at the players who have spearheaded and then kept the Blues at the very summit of the Premier League this season:
1) Eden Hazard
The Belgian has gone from strength to strength since the arrival of Jose Mourinho. Initially, he only showed flashes of brilliance in between matches but he has matured into a match winner for Chelsea. After inheriting the number 10 jersey from Juan Mata who was shipped off to United. Hazard has improved his defending, one of the major cause that led to him falling out with Jose especially after his reluctance to track back and tackle Juanfran in our elimination by Atletico Madrid in last year’s Champions League. He is not only tracking back but also coming to pick the ball from midfield, trying to influence the game from all over the pitch. With twelve goals and eight assists, the Belgian forward is Chelsea’s diamond. Those numbers may not be ridiculously high, but his influence on games has been way more than just scoring and assisting.
2) Diego Costa
32 million pounds, 24 appearances, 19 goals, seven yellow cards and 3 assists later, the Brazil-born forward is the complete pantomime villain. The player everyone hates but would love to have in their team. Costa has been our salvation, after many years of searching for a consistent goal scorer. Post the disappointment that came to be known as Torres, Chelsea finally have a striker who can cut it with the best of them. His approach to take each game by the scruff of its neck is dangerous but is what is exciting about him. Without his goals, we would probably be languishing somewhere in the mid-table. He is the kind of player that you can either love or hate, but he sure has an impact. You can’t ignore him.
3) John Terry
The chants “Captain, Leader, Legend!” are a tune the Stamford Bridge faithful will never tire singing. If this article had been written mid-season, in January, this spot would have been taken by Cesc Fabregas but the Spaniards loss of form after then puts Mr. Chelsea in third position. With Cahill often not being reliable, the veteran has been tasked with the responsibility of keeping the backline as tight as possible. To think that a fat Spanish waiter wanted to end his career back then is unbelievable. With a one-year contract extension already signed, the world is set to see more of John Terry.
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Edited By: Ojas