Belgium look to be one of the emergent favourites at this summer’s World Cup as they are the only nation to have convincingly won both of their opening games.

They’ve had Chelsea stars of past and present to thank for their rise to the top of Group G, where they are level with England. Saturday’s 5-2 victory over Tunisia came on the back of a 3-0 win against Panama, cementing their place as front-runners to progress as group winners.

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It was the performance of the current Blues man that stole the show as Eden Hazard picked up the man of the match award following his two-goal display. He was joined by two former team-mates in the Belgium attack with both Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne looking dangerous going forward. 

The pundits in the BBC studio focused on each of the Premier League players in their post-match analysis and with two ex-team-mates of the Belgian trio as pundits (Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard), it was tailored around their times at Stamford Bridge. When asked if Chelsea had failed to identify De Bruyne’s potential, Lampard responded: “The talent was there. We were there at the time and technically you could see everything he had.

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“The problem he had was there was an embarrassment of riches for Chelsea. They had Hazard, Oscar, Mata, Schurrle.”

After reading out the list of genuinely quality attacking players, Drogba added ‘Marko Marin’, which provoked an awkward laugh from Chelsea’s record goalscorer. His former Ivorian team-mate sat with a smile plastered across his face after making the sarcastic remark, summing up what was a disastrous four years with the Blues for Marin.

The German playmaker made just six league appearances and scored a single goal during a loan-ridden spell in West London and certainly didn’t live up to the hype attached with his highly anticipated signing. Despite all this, it seemed quite harsh from Lampard and Drogba, especially on national TV!


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