As imagined on news.bwin.com/en/ in the not-too-distant past (Click here), there are bound to be a few awkward conversations set to take place down at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground when the first-team squad report back from World Cup duty.
We’ve gone to the trouble of saving them an argument or two by outlining our definitive Chelsea World Cup 2014 review…
The Special Ones
Three goals, a 90-minute run out in the final, and a winners’ medal. Not bad for a guy who is yet to start a World Cup match.
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The pair played every minute of every match for Nigeria, whose successful flight from Group F shocked fancied Bosnia, before France took care of the Super Eagles in the last 16.
Returning loanee Coutois was breached just three times in 480 minutes for Belgium, keeping his sheet clean twice and making 2.67 saves per strike conceded, according to squawka.com.
Worked tirelessly up front in three starts for Ghana, laying on six goal-scoring chances for his Black Stars teammates, who drew 2-2 with the eventual champions in Group G.
The Lucky Ones
Avoided the brunt of Brazil criticism after only starting against Mexico and the Netherlands, with Spurs’ midfield rubbish Paulinho still dining out on a good 2013 Confederations Cup.
Another player seemingly lucky not to have seen as much action as he would have liked, as the former Arsenal man was only introduced after Spain had gone 4-1 down against the Netherlands, then didn’t get off the bench in the 2-0 loss to Chile.
Lost his place to unknown teen Divock Origi before the last 16, but got on late and smashed a cracking second past Tim Howard, which proved crucial, in extra-time of their 2-1 win over USA to open his World Cup account.
Played brilliantly for Brazil in their opening fixture with Croatia, but hard to remember another good moment. Created just nine chances in seven matches, which isn’t nearly enough for Fred.
No magic, little guile and scant inspiration from one of the pre-tournament Golden Ball favourites. The single most disappointing player at the World Cup.
Dropped after 52 ineffectual minutes in Nigeria’s 0-0 opener against Iran. Brought back for the last-16 clash with France. Just as bad.
Damned by virtue of being the one England defender that can defend.
His most striking contribution may have been the bigging-up of Atletico Madrid’s Juanfran, who laid on an assist and kept a clean sheet during his 90 minutes of game-time, as opposed to seven concessions in two fixtures for Azpilicueta, who won’t want to see Arjen Robben again for a while.