After Chelsea’s heroics in this season’s Champions League, the comparisons are mounting between what Chelsea have achieved, and what England could potentially achieve, this summer, at Euro 2012.
Of course, Chelsea were the underdogs going into both the semi-final,
against Barcelona, and Bayern Munich, in the final, but they came through to be
Now, with England’s recent disappointments in major competitions, and with
the low expectations on the team winning the tournament, England fans are
clinging on to the hope that Roy Hodgson’s men might just be able ‘to do a
This comparison actually makes sense. Chelsea proved that anything is
possible. They beat Barcelona, who are the equivalent of the Spain national
team, and who both have that ‘unbeatable’ status.
Additionally, England will have four players in the squad who were all part
of that Chelsea team, with John Terry, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, and Gary
Hopefully, the experience and belief that these four players will have
picked up, in recent weeks, will be picked up on by the rest of the England
team, to give them that belief that they can go onto to be successful, even if
it does mean having to play the world champions, Spain.
Not just fans are taking note of the comparisons. Roy Hodgson himself said,
last week, that he hopes the ‘Chelsea factor’ will help England. France
defender, Patrice Evra, also acknowledged the threat that England will pose to
the rest of Europe.
Evra fears that England have received a welcome shot in the arm, ahead of
Euro 2012, after Chelsea's UEFA Champions League success.
"I take the example of Chelsea. They were at rock bottom, when Di
Matteo took over, but they have ended up as champions of Europe. The England
team remain the team who really want to beat us."
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