Chelsea’s forward duo of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner were on the scoresheet for their respective countries as both have shown that they can provide the clinical streak required this season to help Thomas Tuchel overthrow the current Premier League champions Manchester City.
Lukaku was at the double for Belgium last night in the Red Devils’ 4-1 thrashing of Estonia, whilst the German scored the first goal in Hansi Flick’s sides 2-0 triumph over minnows Liechtenstein in their World Cup qualifying group match.
Blues manager Tuchel has so far yet to utilize the pair at club level, with a front three of Mason Mount,Kai Havertz and Lukaku used for the last two Premier League game matches.
Maybe there could be a lethal partnership in the making if the German was to find the way to include the aforementioned duo in his Chelsea front three going forward for the rest of the season.
A prospect that many Blues fans have already spoken about on social media after seeing how well the pair did for their respective nations on Thursday night.
Seeing Werner score a surprising goal amid a confidence crisis could be the first sign that the arrival of Lukaku to west London this summer could already be having a positive impact on his mentality as he looks to fight for his place in that competitive front three.
Former RB Leipzig striker Werner has already spoken of his excitement of seeing Chelsea’s new No. 9 return to the club for a club-record fee of £97.5million.
“He’s probably one of the best three striker’s in the world at the moment,” Werner told Sky Sports.
“There is no question about that, I don’t think we need to say too much about him. He’s a world-class striker who would benefit any team.
“I certainly think at Leipzig that it always helped me having a big striker alongside me.
“I think that’s always good because I’m not the biggest and when you play upfront on your own, you always have the attention of one or two defenders.
“It’s a good new weapon to have in our game when you know that if you play a long ball, he will hold it up.
“And then the fast players around him can the set off- I think that’s good for any team.”
Looking at the Three Lions, Mason Mount was part of the side that dismantled Hungary 4-0 in Budapest in a contest that was overshadowed by racist chanting from the home faithful that was aimed at Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham.
Aside from the shocking scenes witnessed inside the Puskas Arena, the 22-year-old played his part for Gareth Southgate’s side by providing the assist for Sterling’s opener.
Elsewhere, Jorginho was left frustrated as Euro 2020 winners Italy were held to a surprise 1-1 at home to Bulgaria despite the creating four goalscoring chances for his misfiring teammates on the night.
It was a similar story for Mateo Kovacic, as he was part of a Croatia side that were held to a dull 0-0 draw in their World Cup qualifier against Russia on Wednesday night.
Captain Cesar Azpilicueta played the full 90 minutes at right-back as Luis Enrique’s Spain fell to a shock 2-1 defeat away to Sweden in their World Cup qualifier.
Thankfully from a Chelsea perspective, there were no real injuries suffered by any Blues players in the first round of international games with the Aston Villa clash just around the corner.
Surprisingly, the injured N’Golo Kante was selected to by Didier Deschamps to be a benchwarmer for Les Bleus’ 1-1 draw with Bosnia and Herzegovina.
It will be interesting to see if the midfielder plays any part in France’s next game against Ukraine on Saturday before the first international break comes to a close.
Kante was thought to be a doubt ahead of the west Londoners’ next Premier League encounter against Dean Smith’s side.
Source by Football London