Wednesday, 30 May 2012

England Can Take Heart from Chelsea Heroics

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 successful.

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 Chelsea’.

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 Cahill.

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."

For insights on another team with low expectations, this summer, visit the Greece Euro 2012 betting website. Alternatively, catch up with one of the bookies’ favourites, on the Betfair Netherlands betting page.

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