Did any of Chelsea's fringe players impress on international duty? - The Chelsea Chronicle

Did any of Chelsea's fringe players impress on international duty?

The international break can offer an opportunity for players to get game time they aren’t getting at their club.

Chelsea are a club with lots of international players, so even if a player isn’t playing much at Chelsea, they may still be called up for their national team.

And this international break has been slightly different to ones in the past.

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Whereas friendlies don’t give managers too much of an idea because of the lack of competition, the new Nations League has resulted in higher quality matches.

This gives managers an insight into players skills and whether they should be given more game time.

So let’s have a look at whether any of Chelsea’s fringe players performed well enough to give Maurizio Sarri a selection headache:

Andreas Christensen – Denmark

Following the debacle surrounding the Denmark team’s finances, Christensen missed their friendly against Slovakia.

But the Dane – and the rest of the squad – returned for their Nations League game against Wales, winning 2-0.

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Unfortunately for Christensen, he was forced to watch from the bench.

Therefore, Sarri will unlikely change his opinion on him and will stick with David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger.

Olivier Giroud – France

The World Cup winner has only played 70 minutes for Chelsea this season.

And yet, he is France’s main striker following his effective – although admittedly goal-shy – performances at the World Cup.

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And following his 32nd goal for Les Bleus against the Netherlands, he has become France’s fourth highest scorer, passing Zinedine Zidane.

His importance for France combined with Alvaro Morata’s problems in front of goal could see the Frenchman start very soon.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek – England

Oh, what to do with Loftus-Cheek?

Picked in the England squad ahead of Ross Barkley – who is ahead of him at Chelsea – he is clearly favoured by Gareth Southgate.

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But having been given an opportunity to start against Switzerland, Loftus-Cheek failed to take it.

Although he wasn’t particularly bad, he had a limited impact, and has likely resigned himself to a bench spot for the considerable future.

Davide Zappacosta – Italy

Having not played at all for Chelsea, Zappacosta started Roberto Mancini’s first competitive game for Italy.

And his lack of game time showed, struggling in Italy’s combative 1-1 draw with Poland.

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He was left out completely for the Azzurri’s loss against Portugal, suggesting either fatigue or injury.

Either way, Zappacosta may have to think about a move away from Stamford Bridge, as he is clearly not in Sarri’s plans.

Ethan Ampadu – Wales

Ampadu’s start to life as a Welsh international couldn’t have gone much better.

He got an assist and received a standing ovation when he was subsisted late in Wales’s 4-1 victory over Ireland.

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The next game didn’t go quite as well, as he was partly at fault for both of Denmark’s goals.

But Ampadu is only 17 years old, and Sarri would be wise to give him time on the pitch, so he can fulfil his obvious potential.

Emerson Palmieri – Italy

This is a signing that clearly hasn’t gone to plan.

Emerson has only played seven times for the Blues since joining in January 2018.

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Despite that, he was picked for the Italy squad, but played just 16 minutes against Portugal.

Emerson could be closer to an exit from Stamford Bridge than the starting XI.