With Chelsea still going strong in three competitions, Jose Mourinho and the fans want every ounce of the players’ attention focused on the Chelsea cause. With a decent but tricky draw against Galatasaray in the Champions League, there can be no room for taking things easy. And, despite some inconsistency in the first half of the season, the Blues are right up there in the mix with Arsenal and Man City for the Premier League.
So will the fact that we are in a World Cup year and a large number of the Chelsea squad are hoping to be involved be good or bad news? It all depends, really, on individual situations and the players’ attitudes. With Jose Mourinho in charge, one thing is for sure, you have to earn your place in the team. Just ask Juan Mata. His chances of making the Spanish World Cup squad are pretty good, but unless he starts to play more regularly for Chelsea, he is unlikely to make the first XI for his country.
Along with Mata, Chelsea has Torres and Azpilicueta from Spain, Hazard and De Bruyne from Belgium, Cole, Cahill and Lampard from England and, of course the Brazilians Oscar, Willian, Ramires and Luiz. Then players like Schurrle, Essien and Eto’o may still be in with a chance as well. What we want from these players is for them to give absolutely everything they have for Chelsea in order to make sure they are playing in Brazil this summer, rather than them moaning about lack of playing time.
If Jose plays it right, and he usually does, Chelsea can really benefit from the upcoming tournament and the Chelsea players can go into it on a high after winning a trophy or two. Happy days all round…