Blue Mondays: International Break

With club football currently on pause until next weekend, this week’s Blue Monday post will focus on Chelsea’s senior players in the international break.

Albania: Armando Broja.

The Eagles have picked up three points from their opening two games, landing a 1-0 victory against Andorra before losing 2-0 England in Tirana.

Chelsea’s Armando Broja made appearances in both games, which included a start in the fixture against England.

Belgium: Michy Batshuayi.

In their opening two games, Roberto Martínez’ Belgium managed to gather four points from their opening two games. Following a 3-1 victory against Wales, Belgium struggled against an inform Czech Republic in Prague – with the fixture ending 1-1.

Batshuayi, currently on loan at Crystal Palace, was an unused substitute in both games.

Croatia: Mateo Kovačić.

Following a 1-0 defeat against Slovenia on Matchday 1, Croatia was able to bounce back against Cyprus on Saturday evening. The match finished 1-0, with the only goal of the game being scored by former Chelsea midfielder Mario Pašalić.

Blue’s Mateo Kovačić managed appearances in both fixtures.

Denmark: Andreas Christensen.

Following a 2-0 victory against Israel in Tel-Aviv, Denmark went on destroy Moldova three days later in an impressive 8-0 victory.

Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen was named in the starting eleven against Israel, but remained on the bench against Moldova on Sunday night.

England: Reece James, Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount.

On Thursday evening the Three Lions were back in action as England put five past San Marino at Wembley. Chelsea’s James, Chilwell and Mount were all awarded starts, with all three players grabbing assists in the opening 31 minutes.

On Sunday evening, England made it back-to-back victories with a 2-0 victory against Broja’s Albania. Mason Mount was the only Blue to keep his place in Southgate’s starting eleven, with the Chelsea star finding the second goal on the evening to seal the victory.

France: Kurt Zouma, N’Golo Kanté and Olivier Giroud.

World Cup champions France started their qualifying campaign with a 1-1 draw against Ukraine in Paris. Additionally, both Kanté and Giroud were awarded starts by Didier Deschamps.

However, on Sunday evening Les Bleus returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory against Kazakhstan. Kurt Zouma was the only Chelsea player to appear in the win, with N’Golo Kanté missing out as a result of a reported hamstring injury.

Germany: Antonio Rüdiger, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner.

Chelsea’s Rüdiger, Havertz and Werner was all involved in Germany’s 3-0 victory over Iceland on Matchday 1. In addition to Rüdiger’s clean sheet, Kai Havertz was also on target on Thursday evening in Duisburg.

On Sunday, all three players were involved ocne more – with Germany this time defeating Romania 1-0. Kai Havertz was involved once again for Die Mannschaft, this time assisting Serge Gnabry’s goal.

Italy: Emerson.

Roberto Mancini’s Italy have seen nothing but success so far in the World Cup Qualifiers, seeing off both Northern Ireland and Bulgaria in back-to-back 2-0 wins.

Chelsea’s Emerson was named in the starting eleven against Northern Ireland, yet remained on the bench in the victory against Bulgaria.

Wales: Ethan Ampadu.

After suffering defeat to Belgium on Matchday 1, Ryan Giggs’ side were able to respond against Mexico – with Wales winning the friendly 1-0 in Cardiff.

Chelsea loanee Ethan Ampadu was gifted a start by Giggs in the game against Belgium, but was an unused substitute against Mexico on Sunday evening.

Ghana: Baba Rahman.

Following a 1-1 draw against South Africa, Baba Rahman and Ghana were able to respond with a 3-1 victory against São Tomé and Príncipe – allowing them to finish first in their group, and successfully qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations in January.

Morocco: Hakim Ziyech.

Unlike the other teams listed, Morocco have only played one game in the international break so far – which ended in a 0-0 draw against Mauritania.

With their being just one game left to play, Morocco have finished top of their group, accumulating eleven points from their opening 5 games.

USA: Christian Pulisic.

In the United States have only played friendlies, winning both of their games against Jamaica (4-1), and Northern Ireland (2-1).

Christian Pulisic was awarded starts in both games, and also captained his side in the win against Northern Ireland. Pulisic also scored the second United States goal, as he led his side to victory on Sunday evening.


Written by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).

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