Wed. Aug 10th, 2022

While Spain and France yesterday challenged the Nations League final yesterday, Chelsea fans will have seen the match through blue-tinted glasses.

Wearing such glasses probably made them wave their Spanish flag for the evening.

Luis Enrique started Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta as backers for the second match.

Spain vs. France - UEFA Nations League
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Unfortunately for the Stamford Bridge duo, neither of them could prevent France from lifting the trophy.

Didier Deschamps’ men came from behind to snatch a 2-1 victory thanks to a fantastic blow from Karim Benzema and a controversial Kylian Mbappe goal.

Spain went ahead through Mikel Oyarzabal, who could also have equalized late if he had been able to convert Alonso’s precise pick-out.

Blues now and future?

The Chelsea left-back showed a confident display for his country, a continuation of his fine club form.

He attempted a clever free-kick that flew past Hugo Lloris’ post before making a terrific intervention to deny Mbappe in the second half.

Spain vs. France - UEFA Nations League 2021 Final
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On the opposite flank, Azpilicueta had a usually solid evening; effective rather than exciting.

For France, they can thank Benzema and Mbappe’s scoring achievements, but also the dynamic midfield duo of Paul Pogba and Aurelian Tchouameni.

While Pogba pulled the strings, Tchouameni tied the team together with some tough tackles and important interceptions.

The 21-year-old provided an insight into how the reigning World Cup holders will do without N’Golo Kante in the future.

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It’s a situation Chelsea might want to emulate.

Recent reports have linked the Monaco star to Stamford Bridge, identifying him as the possible heir to Kante’s throne.

Last night’s performance certainly made Blues fans imagine life without their little number 7, who portrayed Tchouameni as their revolutionary leader.

And the Blues can dip their hand into the French squad again when the January window opens.

Jules Kounde also played for his nation on Sunday, a player known to Chelsea fans.

Spain vs. France - UEFA Nations League 2021 Final
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Sevilla’s excellent defender almost joined the Champions League holders in the summer, but no transfer fee could be agreed.

There are every possibility that Thomas Tuchel’s employers will visit Kounde’s representatives again in a few months.

Especially if Antonio Rudiger fails to renew his contract and is allowed to leave south-west London.

Changes ahead for Chelsea?

If that is the case, Tchouameni and Kounde could possibly line up internationally and domestically as long as Chelsea take action.

They may well share a locker room with Alonso and Azpilicueta rather than compete against them.

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Thanks to the Nations League screening, fans of the Blues have gained an insight into their potential team for next season.

Alonso and Azpilicueta on the flanks, Kounde on the central defense, Tchouameni on the midfield.

Even better, France lined up with a 3-4-1-2, a set-up similar to Tuchel’s favorite formation.

All of this is part of the football manager’s realms.

However, dreams could come true if Chelsea set their business wheels in motion.

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