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Day five of the World Cup is upon us and there’s plenty for Chelsea fans to look forward to.
Four games are set to be played on Thursday, November 24, as nations in both Group G and Group H get their campaigns underway. Switzerland take on Cameroon in the early kick-off before Uruguay play South Korea at lunchtime.
Portugal then face Ghana ahead of Brazil versus Serbia later on in the evening. Several of Chelsea’s players and transfer targets have already been in action with the likes of Raheem Sterling already off the mark and RB Leipzig star Josko Gvardiol impressing for Croatia.
That trend is set to continue today too, as more of the world’s biggest stars look to enjoy winning starts out in Qatar. So, with that in mind, football.london has taken a look at the names you need to keep an eye on at the World Cup today.
Thiago Silva – Brazil
Silva stands a real chance at lifting the World Cup with Brazil this winter so he’ll be keen to kick things off with a win against Serbia. The Chelsea defender will be keen to live up to the hype his nation has generated thus far without even kicking a ball.
Denis Zakaria (loanee) – Switzerland
Despite diminutive game time at Chelsea ahead of the tournament, the midfielder did enough to receive a call-up. In the minutes which he did play for the Blues, Zakaria impressed and showcased great promise.
With Jorginho and N’Golo Kante set to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season once their respective deals expire, the Swiss could be eager to impress Graham Potter and seal a permanent move to Chelsea. Keep your eyes peeled.
Baba Rahman (on loan) – Ghana
The left-back is currently on loan at Championship side Reading. He’ll be hoping to prove himself against Portugal in a bid to secure a future at Chelsea wildly against the odds.
Cristiano Ronaldo (free agent) – Portugal
Ronaldo is now a free agent after Manchester United confirmed that he has left the club with immediate effect. The 37-year-old has been heavily linked with Chelsea for some time now so all eyes will be on the striker.
With the Portuguese star on the market and readily available to sign, he’ll be looking to impress more than ever at the World Cup in a bid to find a new home. And, it’s likely that this could be his final international tournament so what better way to bow out then to make history for your country.
Ronald Araujo (Barcelona) – Uruguay
Chelsea were once heavily linked with a move for the Barcelona centre-half. He looked set to arrive at Stamford Bridge but a move never materialised.
With Araujo set to come up against Tottenham star Son Heung-Min, he could quickly place himself back on the Blues’ radar with a top display. Chelsea do need a new centre-half as it happens…