Chelsea have five players playing at the Olympics Games this summer, with all of them with something to prove in the tournament. Whilst the rest of their Blues team-mate relax in luxury hotels in London, these five will look to lay down a marker ahead of the 2012-13 season.
Daniel Sturridge possibly more than most has something to prove ahead of the new season, as the former Manchester City forward plays for his future at Stamford Bridge. Favoured by Andre Villas-Boas, the talented attacker’s opportunities were limited after the appointment of Roberto Di Matteo and Sturridge will now surely be considering his future. A strong Olympics campaign can give the striker a boost in confidence, add sharpness going into the Premier League season and potentially remind the Italian boss of his qualities.
Able, enthusiastic and talented, Ryan Bertrand is expected to have a bright future in west London and will look to impose himself at the Blues in 2012-13. Having spent the majority of his career to date on loan at Football League clubs, the versatile full-back will hope to be used in a squad rotation system at Stamford Bridge next term. Impressing at the Olympics will only convince the powers that be at Chelsea that Bertrand is the man to replace ageing Ashley Cole at the Bridge.
Chelsea’s latest signing Oscar will have the chance to show the British faithful his abilities for Brazil, and has already stood out in the Selecao’s first two victories. The talented playmaker has a £25 million price tag to live up to, and will hope that a strong Olympics campaign can help him adjust to playing in England and build on his already stellar reputation.
One of Chelsea’s standout players last term, Juan Mata has fitted into life in England seamlessly. Despite the summer signings of the likes of Oscar and Eden Hazard, amongst others, the Spaniard will have a crucial role in shaping Chelsea’s attacking play in 2012-13. The ex-Valencia attacker was part of the victorious La Roja Euro 2012 squad, but only was given fleeting moments at the end of the final to play. With added competition for places for the upcoming season, Mata will hope to star at the Olympics to confirm his starting berth at the Bridge.
Another member of Luis Milla’s Spain contingent, Oriol Romeu’s club fate is similar to that of Sturridge, as he has seen opportunities dwindle since the sacking of Villas-Boas. The former Barcelona midfielder showed initial promise after moving to England last summer, but a dip in form saw him overlooked in the second half of the season. Romeu will hope to be part of a gifted Spain side this summer, and start 2012-13 at Chelsea with a bang.
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