Chelsea’s Brazilian contingent played a vital part in their biggest win of the season over Manchester City and the quartet will have a huge say in where the Premier League trophy gets housed come May.
Although Oscar’s usual berth in the starting XI was sacrificed as part of Jose Mourinho’s Etihad master plan, the faith he has placed in the boyish-looking Brazilian is unquestionable, as Juan Mata’s move to Manchester United testifies.
Nevertheless, even without the influential Oscar, three of his compatriots were implicit in their most notable league win of the campaign – where Chelsea zapped down Man City’s Etihad force field to render themselves 9/5-shots to win the title with Ladbrokes.
David Luiz anchored the midfield with verve and tenacity in equal measures, while Ramires and Willian proved more industrious than the machinery in a German car factory on the flanks.
This bodes extremely well for Chelsea, as they push for a plausible Premier League and FA Cup double at 14/1 or even a Man United-style treble, at understandably chunky odds of 150/1.
Even more good news for those thinking of having a punt on Chelsea glory of some description is the fact the World Cup will be played on Brazilian shores this summer.
Any international players with half a sniff of getting to play in football’s greatest jamboree will be looking to catch the eye as the domestic season rumbles on towards the business end.
But there aren’t going to be many tighter squads to squeeze into than the hosts’.
Therefore Chelsea’s strong Samba string will be forced into cranking their performances up and up as the big games arrive thick and fast for the Blues.
Judging by their performances against City, Chelsea’s Brazilians have done their chances no harm, making the 3/1 on World Cup glory for the hosts all the more reasonable in the process.
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