These are great times to be a Chelsea fan, and this is with regards to the progress of some of Chelsea’s big performers in the Russia 2018 World Cup. The first set of quarter-final fixtures saw the departure of Willian’s Brazil, sadly, but the progress of a Hazard inspired Belgium side parading the likes of Courtois and Batshuayi, as well as a France side parading Chelsea players in N’golo Kante and Olivier Giroud.
Sadly, one of these teams parading Chelsea players who are playing significant parts for their sides will have to give for the other as Belgium have booked a date against France for a place in the finals of the competition, and the game comes up on Tuesday. This one promises to be a cracking encounter.
Hazard was yet again in action for the Belgium side and impressed yet again with the captain’s armband strapped around his arm. Courtois was also intrumental in the game as he pulled some spectacular saves to prevent Brazil from getting back into the game.
Kante was massive in midfield for France against a rugged Uruguay. The Chelsea man stood his ground in the French midfield and helped to thwart any sign of a promising move from the Uruguayans. Olivier Giroud’s performance on the day was decent. although he is yet to get among the goals.
France will now play Belgium, and a hell of an onus will be on N’golo Kante to stop his Chelsea colleague from making those marauding and incisive runs down the middle and sometimes on the flanks whilst looking to break off any key passes from the Belgian. This should be a cracker, and all eyes will be on how the Chelsea contingent make do with each other’s threats as both teams will be desperate for a place in the finals.
This game could easily pass for the ‘N’golo Kante vs Hazard clash’ among the blues faithful, whilst Courtois will definitely be on the lookout for any surprises Giroud might be looking to spring in France’s attack. We have a game on our hands, and hopefully, a tougher encounter than last round’s fixtures for both sides.