With the 2022 World Cup just around the corner, we’re looking at which Chelsea players could make a major impact at the tournament.
Every four years, the biggest tournament in sport, attracts the eyeballs of fans from all over the world. Whether you’re English, Brazilian, South Korean or Australian, you’re making sure you’re planted in front of the TV, ready to watch every last second of the unmissable action.
And while fans are furious that this year’s competition is interrupting the standard flow of league matches, they’ll undoubtedly wish their players the best of luck in Qatar. Therefore, we’ve decided to list the top five ‘Blues’ stars to look out for.
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Raheem Sterling – England
After 56 years of hurt, England fans are quickly running out of patience, especially considering how close they’ve come to glory in the past few years. Under Gareth Southgate, the nation has started to believe again, with the ex-defender guiding ‘The Three Lions’ to a World Cup semi-final and a European Championship final.
Consequently, the players under his watch, are more determined than ever to finally give the public something to cheer about.
Sterling has featured in both of those sides, and with the pressure mounting, he’s hoping to produce a big showing in Qatar.
Thiago Silva – Brazil
Throughout his career, the Brazilian rock has proved himself as one of the greatest centre-backs’ of our generation. Recognised as a ‘complete defender’, Silva does everything perfectly, from his marking to his ability in the air.
At club level, the 38-year-old has done it all. With seven Ligue 1 titles, a Serie A trophy and a Champions League victory all on his resume, the powerhouse has little left to prove. But what better way to top off a sensational career, than finally claiming the biggest prize in all of football?
N’Golo Kante – France
In 2018, the French national side proudly raised the World Cup trophy after a 4-2 victory against Croatia. Subsequently, everyone expected them to produce a similar run in the European Championships. But in a monumental upset, Switzerland dumped them out of the competition via a dramatic penalty shootout.
So with the rage of defeat still bubbling deep inside, the French are intent on bouncing back with a bang. And as a result, born winners in the team, like Kante, are desperate to get their hands back on the trophy.
Kalidou Koulibaly – Senegal
After proving his calibre with Napoli, Chelsea pulled out all the stops to bring the towering defender to Stamford Bridge. And now, the 31-year-old is proving his class in the Premier League. But in just a matter of weeks, the centre-back will change his shirt from blue to green to represent his country.
Earlier this year, the player made his mark in Senegal’s historic AFCON victory, and after getting a taste of international success, he wants to push the boundaries even further with a fairytale run in the World Cup.
Kai Havertz – Germany
Since winning the World Cup in 2014, Germany have vastly underperformed on the international stage. Loss after loss culminating in a devastating defeat at the hands of England at Euro 2020, left their fans dejected. However, with Havertz in the side, things are looking a little brighter.
The technically gifted 23-year-old has emerged as one of the most promising players on the planet. With the ability to use both feet and score goals in the process, the attacking midfielder is hoping to make an enormous impact at the World Cup. And perhaps with his presence, Germany can become the best team on Earth once again.
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