The 2014 FIFA World Cup is only a few days away, and everyone in the world will turn their attention to the sport’s biggest event. Here are some captivating questions and headlines that Chelsea FC fans should be concerned about.
1. Is Oscar burned out?
Oscar, the diminutive 22-year-old Brazilian, is one of the most technically gifted footballers in the entire world. On pure talent, he is a certain pick in any manager’s starting lineup, but Oscar’s form has dipped dramatically in 2014.
The youngster has played more than a hundred matches in a Blues shirt in the last two seasons. Add in the Confederations Cup last summer as well, and that is an incredible strain on such a young, slight athlete.
Oscar’s form in Brazil’s 1-0 win against Serbia last week simply shows that the do-it-all midfielder for Chelsea is tired. This is quite concerning for Luiz Scolari as Oscar is the one player that he has that can do everything on the pitch.
Oscar can play inch-perfect passes to the forwards, score fantastic goals, and will defend selflessly. Scolari and Brazil need Oscar in top shape to win the tournament and meet the expectations set out by their fans.
If Oscar cannot get out of his funk, expect fellow Blue Willian to replace him. (Via Metro)
2. Will Eden Hazard lead Belgium to the semi-finals?
Hazard and fellow Blues Thibault Courtois and Romelu Lukaku are set to shock the world in Brazil. Belgium is returning to the big stage in the World Cup, and they will not be satisfied by just qualifying.
Belgium has the talent to make a deep run, and with a bit of luck could even go all the way in this tournament. Hazard is a notch below the Ronaldos, Messis, and Bales of the world, and he has a strong supporting cast.
Courtois has had a breakout season with Atletico Madrid, leading them to La Liga glory and within grasping distance of the Champions League trophy. The young goalkeeper knows how to perform on the world’s biggest stages, and he will not be intimidated.
Lukaku had another monstrous season on loan, and the goals could easily flow for the striker in Brazil. No one is saying that Belgium will for sure win it all in Brazil, but no one should say they don’t have a chance. This Belgian squad is dangerous, and they will make some serious noise this summer.
3. Can Lampard finally score a goal in the World Cup?
Frank Lampard came agonizingly close to scoring in the last World Cup, but he was robbed of a goal against Germany with this strike clearly bouncing over the line. (Via Youtube)
Lampard will be looking for a new challenge after his contract with Chelsea expires this summer, but all his attention right now is on England’s chances of advancing from their group and scoring that elusive goal. Lampard and company will be facing an uphill battle to escape the group however. Italy, coming off a fantastic run in the 2012 European Championship, and Uruguay will be the favorites to advance from their group.
England will clearly need some luck if they want to overcome their recent poor form and win in Brazil, but they certainly are owed some good luck after all the misfortune they’ve had in the past. (Via Youtube)
4. Is Torres going to play a vital role for Spain?
Fernando Torres has endured a roller coaster career over the last six years, when he became a hero for Spain after he scored in the Euro 2008 Final victory over Germany.
He then continued his success from that tournament with Liverpool, but injury limited his form during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He played second fiddle to David Villa then and has not looked the same since.
Torres has not been a sure starter for Spain in years, and he has not really been a part of Vicente del Bosque’s plans since the Confederations Cup last summer.
Diego Costa, set to join Chelsea, will be the target man for Spain if healthy, and Torres looks to sit on the bench for much of the tournament.