Chelsea FC’s Brazilians Shine Against France


Simply put, Chelsea FC ‘s Brazilian coalition owned the game against France on Thursday night as Oscar, WIllian, and Filipe Luis all shined for Brazil. After a first half header from the Frenchman Raphael Varane (a known Mourinho target, by the way), Brazil looked like it might have lost its bearings. It seemed that the 100% streak of 6 games and 6 wins could finally come to a close. Chelsea-man Oscar, however, had other ideas.

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At the very brink of half-time, Oscar capitalized on the French’s loss of possession and launched a massive counter-attack. He slipped past defenders until right out side the box, where he played a neat one-two with Roberto Firmino, and used his famous toe to poke the ball home through the legs of the French keeper.

At the start of the second half, Brazil was very much in control of the game. They invited the French pressure to catch them on the break, and that they did. Willian collected the ball for the counter attack, and kept a cool head as he ran from mid-pitch all the way to the box.

Jun 17, 2014; Fortaleza, Ceara, BRAZIL; Brazil midfielder Oscar (11) follows through against Mexico during the second half of their 0-0 tie in a 2014 World Cup game at Estadio Castelao. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Oscar started a run to draw the French defenders away from the incoming Neymar, and Willian hesitated just enough to let them believe the pass was for Oscar. Neymar received a perfectly weighed pass from Willian, and soared it through the roof of the French goal.

To put the last nail in the coffin, Willian stepped up to take an extremely precise corner, which Luiz Gustavo of Wolfsburg did a great job of heading in. With two assists from Willian and a goal from Oscar, a Chelsea player was involved in every goal of the Brazilians’ victory over the French in the packed Parisian stadium.

In the back, Filipe Luis was as solid as ever, if there is any rustiness from lack of game time, it did not show. Lack of playing time at the Bridge did hurt one Brazilian, though. Ramires was not called up to represent his country.

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On the French side, Zouma was the only Bridge representative, and was an unused substitute. Elsewhere, Juan Cuadrado had a disappointing night with Colombia. in a 6-0 romp over Bahrain, the newest Chelsea boy did not pick up any goals or assists, despite being on the pitch until the 83rd minute.

It seems as though Willian is responding well to the pressure from competing with Cuadrado for a starting place at the Bridge. Let’s hope to see more of it from Oscar, Willian, and Filipe when the Premier League comes around again next week!

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