The Russia 2018 World Cup has reached the quarter-final stage and is gradually drawing to a close. Some supposed favourite countries and favourite players to shine have also been ousted in the course of the tournament’s progress to this stage.
Regardless, a good number of Chelsea FC players played their part for their countries in the tournament before their sides were eliminated, while some still have more major parts to play for their sides in the competition as it grows tougher.
We’ve considered the Chelsea players that participated in the competition and we’ve identified the top 4 players who covered themselves in glory or have covered themselves in glory since the competition began in no particular order. But before we proceed, We must reveal that we’re gutted with Spain for not allowing one of Chelsea’s talismanic figures Cesar Azpilicueta to play any part in the competition. Absolutely gutted!
The Chelsea playmaker and mercurial attacker is still in the competition as Belgium have qualified to the quarter-final stage after surviving a knock-out scare from Japan when they came from two goals down to win 3:2. Eden Hazard is the captain of the side and that comeback showed that he can offer more in a leadership position.
Hazard has played three games for Belgium in the competition, scoring 2 goals, providing 2 assists and winning the Man of the Match award in two of those games, with the last one coming in Belgium’s comeback win over Japan. He has been highly influential for Belgium in the competition with his brilliant attacking skills and awareness almost putting him at the center of every of the side’s attacks. He has proven he deserves the captain armband. Meanwhile, his Belgium side will come up against Blue’s counterpart, Willian’s Brazil in the next stage for an expected mouthwatering encounter. Hazard vs Neymar? Get in there!
The Chelsea attacker who has reportedly attracted interest from Barcelona is also another key Chelsea performer for his national team side. Willian has played his part effectively to see Brazil into the quarterfinals of the competition. He may have garnered criticisms in the course of the tournament, but the Chelsea man was key when Brazil beat Mexico 2 nil to book a date with Belgium.
He came to life in that game, took the game to the Mexicans, and provided an assist for one of Brazil’s goals. He also won the Man of the Match award in the game, thereby giving credence to the assertion that he is unplayable on his day. He got a whoscored rating of 9.24 for his performance in the game. He now comes up against Hazard and other Chelsea counterparts in the next stage. It’s a pity that one will have to leave the competition for the other.
3. Andres Christensen
There is no reason why the defender shouldn’t be a regular in Chelsea’s defense next season going by his contributions to the Denmark team in Russia 2018. Christensen started all 4 games for Denmark in the competition and produced commanding displays in the center of defense as well as relatively decent contributions in midfield for the Danish side.
Although they couldn’t progress past the round of 16 stage, he was key to their progress from the group stages. He also displayed his versatility, as he was deployed in midfield in the games against France and Croatia. Christensen showed maturity for Denmark in the Russia 2018 World Cup and absolutely deserves a mention on this list. Chelsea have a gem in the making, or I daresay has already been made. Hopefully!
4. N’golo Kante
Wherever there is a list of Chelsea’s best performers, N’golo must be there! And this is no exception either. This is one that Chelsea might definitely struggle to keep hold of this summer. The combative midfielder has been very efficient for France in the course of the Russia 2018 World Cup and has been tireless, and brilliant in the middle of the park with decent end results to show.
Kante has won the Man of the Match award twice in the competition for France in their opening games against Australia and Peru and has been key to the progress of the side thus far. His performances in midfield for France saw Paul Pogba describe him as a man with 15 lungs. Kante has been key for France, and hopefully, he remains consistent and continues to contribute immensely to France’s quest for a second World Cup trophy.