Chelsea are a team in form, and our first 11 is very strong, and we have a good core on the bench as well ready to step in. It’s a privilege to have the likes of John Terry, Mikel Obi, Branislav Ivanovic, Kurt Zouma, Cesc Fabregas, Oscar, Batshuayi and Willian (if you may) outside the first 11. This only means, in case of an injury to a key player, we have able backups.
However, in this Conte’s 3-4-3 system that has brought Chelsea to perfection, there are some players whom I believe will be hard to replace if they are injured.
The 25-year-old former Leicester City player has been a major driving force in the Chelsea midfield. The work he does in the midfield and the ground he covers clearly shows that Chelsea bought a bulldozer during the summer. Kante does the job of two players in midfield, and when it comes to work rate, tackling, interceptions and positional awareness, Kante has it all.
Kante does a good job of protecting our defence, and making the middle solid. I can’t imagine what it’ll be like to lose him in case of an injury.
Eden Hazard is in the form of his life, and he’s showing the kind of form that made people compare him with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo some years ago. When Hazard is on fire, the whole team is on fire. On his day, Hazard can give you all three points and break down opposition defence singlehandedly. Every game seems to be his day these days, and he was won the most man of the match in the Chelsea squad. Hazard alone can take on two to three defenders, and his creativity is top notch.
He has a free role, and I doubt any Blues player can show the kind of form our Belgium superstar has shown in that role.
If you’re surprised to see David Luiz on this list, then you need to understand the job of the central defender in a 3-man defence line. The central defender should be a ball playing defender; he should be a good passer of the ball and is responsible for bringing the ball out of the defence. He should also be pacy, and should be able to cover up for the left and right centre-backs quickly in case of lapses.
Currently, all Chelsea defenders fall short of this role, apart from Luiz. An injury to the Brazilian might not augur well for the Blues, and the fluency which we have in the defence might be sacrificed.
The Spanish international has been in phenomenal form since the start of the season. He has scored very important goals for the team, and even when he doesn’t score, he works very hard for the team and is a good focal point.
Costa causes defenders all manner of problems, and is very hot to handle.
While we have Batshuayi who’s a good deputy, Costa is simply irreplaceable at the moment.
Injuries are normal in football, but these players are an important part of Chelsea’s team, and seem almost irreplaceable at the moment.