What do Ethan Ampadu, Michy Batshuayi, Mateo Kovacic, Billy Gilmour, Kurt Zouma, N’Golo Kante, Olivier Giroud, Antonio Rudiger, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner have in common?
Well, they all play for Chelsea, of course. But there is something else to add to the list now – they have all been eliminated from the European Championships.
The Blues started this tournament with 17 players in action, more than any other club. Now they are down to only 8 when we enter the quarterfinals.
Everyone has a real chance to win it now and if you register Vwin to have a bet on where Blue might end up lifting the trophy, you are spoiled for choice.
Italy looked strong right from the pitches, and Jorginho and Emerson Palmieri will want their chances – if they can get past Michy Batshuayi’s Belgium in the selection of the quarter-final matchups.
Either way, it means we are guaranteed at least one blue in the semis.
Then there is Andreas Christensen, who is riding on the emotional wave of Denmark’s success. You would not return to the Danes now, the neutral favorite with the strongest narrative of all behind them.
Club captain Cesar Azpilicueta celebrated his first call-up this year with two starts in a row and an important goal in Spain’s round of 16 against Croatia. He already has a Champions League in his pocket and now he has a chance to help Luis Enrique’s team to victory.
And let’s not forget Mason Mount, Reece James and Ben Chilwell for England. None of them were involved last night when the three lions beat Germany, but all have a role to play if their country is to win the trophy. Saturday’s match against Ukraine gives them a great opportunity to get a few more minutes if Gareth Southgate chooses to rotate a bit. Mason Mount was a regular before his Covid quarantine, and if England switch back to a 4 on the back again, he stands to benefit.
The last phase of the quarter seems to be an exciting phase – if it is half as good as last week’s game, we are in for a treat. Whatever happens, there will be Chelsea players in action in the semi-finals and probably at least one in the final.
Between Belgium, Denmark, England, Italy and Spain, it looks like at least one blue will win a Champions League and a European Championship this season.