Chelsea were heavily represented at the 2022 World Cup, with 12 of their stars called up for international duty by their respective nations.
However, with Morocco losing to France and Croatia defeated by Argentina in the semi-finals, the Blues’ representation in Qatar has ended.
But the good news is that several of their star players have returned to training at Cobham in the latest Chelsea news.
Let’s look at how some of these players fared in the prestigious tournament.
1 – Christian Pulisic
Christian Pulisic’s future at Stamford Bridge remains uncertain, but the United States star enjoyed an impressive campaign in Qatar. He scored the decisive goal against Iran and also created the two other goals against Wales and Netherlands.
2 – Kalidou Koulibaly
Koulibaly was praised for his fantastic display in Senegal’s opening game with Netherlands but failed to make an impact in the round of 16 clash against England.
However, the experienced defender netted a brilliant goal against Ecuador that guaranteed their progress to the knockout stage.
3 – Thiago Silva
Silva’s performances in Qatar deserve praise as he helped Brazil to keep two clean sheets in the tournament. The highly experienced centre-back also contributed an assist in the Selecao’s 4-1 win over South Korea.
4 – Kai Havertz
Kai Havertz failed to make an impact in Germany’s opening game with Japan and was subsequently dropped from the team against Spain.
However, he was on top of his game against Costa Rica, scoring two goals after leaving the bench to help his side to victory.
5 – Edouard Mendy
Mendy endured a disappointing campaign in Qatar, with the 30-year-old conceding two goals against Netherlands. He also came under fire for his display in Senegal’s 3-0 loss to England in the round of 16.
6 – Hakim Ziyech
Morocco surprised everyone with their excellent performances in this World Cup. They outclassed Spain and Portugal on their way to the semi-final, where they eventually lost to France.
Ziyech deserves plenty of credit for the Atlas Lions’ success in Qatar. He started all six matches, contributing a goal and an assist.
7 – Mateo Kovacic
Kovacic was an essential part of Croatia’s team that came very close to reaching back-to-back World Cup finals. He started all six matches but failed to contribute a goal or assist.
8 – Mason Mount
Mount enjoyed a good start at the World Cup as he impressed with his performance in England’s 6-2 victory over Iran. He subsequently lost his starting spot after failing to make an impact in the Three Lions’ goalless draw with the US.
9 – Raheem Sterling
Sterling made three appearances for Gareth Southgate’s side, contributing a goal and an assist.
10 – Cesar Azpilicueta
Azpilicueta started two matches for Spain, with the right-back contributing an assist.
Conor Gallagher and Denis Zakaria also represented Chelsea at the World Cup, but they didn’t get many opportunities to showcase their skills for their nations.
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