chelsea unsung players

Revealed: The unsung stars who secured Chelsea the Premier League title

Nearly every Chelsea player will get a Premier League winners medal on 21st May; even the likes of Oscar and Branislav Ivanovic who left Chelsea early on in the season will get one too, having played more than five times for the new Champions.

The ecstasy that accompanies being a winner is largely attributed to the team effort. Hence, in Chelsea’s case, the entire team has been fantastic.

Still, a few players had enjoyed more plaudit than others. The likes of Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante have stolen the show; without playing down the impact of the aforementioned, these five players also deserve plenty plaudit.

1. Nemanja Matic

N’Golo Kante has been the man making all the headlines for Chelsea, however, Nemanja Matic has also been Mr. Consistent in the Chelsea midfield.

Matic has started thirty games for Chelsea in the Premier League this season. He’s played thirty-five games in all and has scored once. What many (who ignore Matic’s input) don’t know is, the Serbian has provided seven assists in the Premier League. That’s more than Eden Hazard (5) and Diego Costa (6) and only bettered by Pedro (8) and Cesc Fabregas (11).

Nemanja Matic’s has played really well, irrespective of Kante’s brilliance, and deserves plenty credit.

2. Marcos Alonso

He’s sometimes viewed as the weak link in Antonio Conte’s team, but the fact is, he’s not. Marcos Alonso has been spectacular for Chelsea this season, although he just doesn’t get as much recognition.

The former Fiorentina wing-back has been involved in nine goals (six goals and three assists) in the thirty games he’s played this season. His defensive qualities have also been glaring. He’s made forty-five interceptions in the Premier League and averages 1.9 tackles per game.

The 26-year-old Spaniard has slotted in perfectly into Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 system and is one reason why Chelsea is so threatening, down that left wing.

3. Cesar Azpilicueta

Chelsea’s Mr Reliable, the unfazed one, the unscathed one; despite meagre credit to him, Cesar Azpilicueta has been one of Chelsea’s most consistent players this season. The Spaniard played every minute of the title-winning campaign, up until Chelsea won the league with two games to spare against West Brom.

Cesar Azpilicueta helped provide Antonio Conte’s back-three with the right depth, width and finesse to glide all their way to the Premier League title.

Azpilicueta has provided four assists in the League this season. His 2340 completed passes, makes him the best passer in the Premier League, so far.

4. Willian

After losing his Mom in October, Willian suffered a dip in form and ended up losing his place in the Chelsea lineup to Pedro.

The former Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder later disclosed the impact of his mum’s demise on his form:

“It has been a difficult time for me since I lost my mum; It has been very difficult emotionally. She was very important for me and she always will be very important to me. After she died, I stayed in Brazil for a week. Slowly I have come back and started to feel better and to feel I can play for the team.”

Nevertheless, Willian picked himself up and has scored nine goals for Chelsea, despite that saddening incident.

Irrespective of the fact that he’s only started thirteen league games for Chelsea this term, the Brazilian has scored more Premier League goals (7) than he did last season (5); he started thirty-two games last season. Let’s not forget he was Chelsea’s player of the season last time out.

Willian has had a good season, although he hasn’t played as much as he’d had liked. His impact has helped erode the memories of last season.

5. Gary Cahill

Cahill got the wrong end of the stick from Chelsea fans at the start of the season. His glaring errors against Swansea and Arsenal sparked calls that he should be dropped from the team. Regardless, the 31-year-old English defender shrugged off those glitches to become a mainstay in Antonio Conte’s starting lineup.

While some pundits still feel he should be the one to be replaced in Chelsea’s back three, there’s no denying the fact that Cahill has had an outstanding season; probably the best of his career. This is epitomised by his inclusion in the Premier League team of the year.

This season, Cahill, led Chelsea on the pitch in place of John Terry and the Blues ended up with the title. Aside from his defensive brilliance, the former Aston Villa man also contributed six goals for the title-winners. Chelsea won the league, thanks to guys like Cahill, who put their backs to the ground for the team.

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