UEFA's decision to delay Euro 2020 could aid five Chelsea players
With UEFA confirming the one-year postponement of Euro 2020, there are several Chelsea players who could benefit from the decision.
The European football governing body made the decision after an emergency video conference involving major stakeholders on Tuesday (BBC).
Considering the global pandemic situation, UEFA have come to the conclusion it would be best to delay the Euro 2020 which due to take place from June 12 to July 12 this summer, to from June 11 to July 11 next year.
One of the reasons behind it is to allow domestic competitions such as the Premier League to be finished.
This news would be welcomed by a number of Chelsea players whose chances to represent their respective countries were in jeopardy had the tournament not been postponed.
Several players from Chelsea injury list could use the delay to recover
Tammy Abraham, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi were in doubt to represent England in the Euro, although Tammy could be back on the pitch by the end of this month.
Loftus-Cheek and Hudson-Odoi have been struggling with long-term injuries and if not for the Euro postponement, it’s safe to say their chances to get into England Euro squad would’ve been very slim.
The same goes for N’Golo Kante for France. Despite playing a major part in France’s World Cup-winning campaign in 2018, the 28-year-old has not featured for Chelsea since mid-February.
Now that Euro 2020 has become Euro 2021, the three Chelsea players will have more than a year to recover and to impress their respective national team’s managers.
Olivier Giroud’s case
Another case would be Olivier Giroud. Although how Euro delay affects his chance to lead the attack for France will now depend on his performance next season.
There was a period from August to February where Giroud had more appearances for France than for Chelsea. He started Chelsea’s last five games, partly thanks to Tammy’s absence, but could lose his spot in France to AS Monaco’s Wissam Ben Yedder who has scored 18 goals in Ligue 1 this season.
With his contract with Chelsea entering its final months, Giroud could find another club where he would be guaranteed first-team football and claim his spot for the Euro 2021.