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The dust of Chelsea’s underwhelming season has finally settled. The real issues now are the futures of key players: Eden Hazard & Thibaut Courtois as well as that of manager, Antonio Conte. Whether both players commit their long-term futures to the club remains to be seen. On the part of Conte, a decisive stance needs to be taken by the club powerbrokers.

But more pertinent has been the effect of Chelsea’s difficult season on our players’ chances of going to the World Cup in Russia. The most painful of all are the snubs given to Chelsea’s Spanish duo of Alvaro Morata and Marcos Alonso. The Chelsea’s striker omission is one with a mixed bag. But analytically, Morata deserves to be part of Spain’s squad for the World Cup. Finishing as one of Spain’s top scorers in the qualifiers as well as being adept to their style of play are strong points. His international form is impressive as well. If form is the only criteria for picking players, then that’s cruel because despite Christian Benteke’s poor form for Crystal Palace, he still managed to make Belgium squad for the World Cup compared to Morata who fared better, but yet missed out.

For Alonso, his successes of his two seasons are enough for him but still missed out. The fact his attacking style of play suits Spain should have been enough for him to make their World Cup squad. Let’s not forget he’s currently the best Premier league left back as he made into the team of the year.

The issue with their omissions is that it might have a big knock to their confidence levels. But hopefully, both players can motivate themselves and come back stronger and better next season.

Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!

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