Sorry Juan, there will be no Olympic gold to add to the trophy case...
There were some expected results today, and 2 major shockers. We've already had a look at Oscar and his impact for Brazil, and Daniel Sturridge had a fine cameo the was highlighted with a goal for Great Britain. Juan Mata was the best player on the pitch in Spain's second consecutive 1-0 loss, a result that will see him returning to Cobham much sooner than any of us expected. Here's the rundown on Chelsea's participants and where they stand going into the final game of the group stage on August 1st:
Brazil: Brazil are cruising. They're atop their group and have a big lead as far as the tiebreaker is concerned, and they are already through to the knockouts. It would take a massive defeat for the Selecao to finish 2nd, so they are likely going to be facing Honduras or Morocco in the quarters. Don't be surprised if we see a backup heavy team trotted out this Wednesday against New Zealand.
Great Britain: Ryan Bertrand and Daniel Sturridge are members of the Great Britain team that now sit atop Group A. They are currently level on points with Senegal, and are ahead of the African side in the tiebreaker by a single goal. Britain face off against Uruguay on the 1st, and a win or draw sees them through to the knockouts. A loss to one of the tournament's favorites will see them needing help in the form of Senegal losing to UAE, and even then we'd be looking at the tiebreaker. The group winner ends up on the easier side of the bracket, the 2nd place squad likely gets Mexico and then Brazil en route to the final. Third place in the group would result in team GB going home.
Spain: Spain have easily been the most disappointing team of the tournament. Having lost both of their games thus far, Spain is eliminated after Wednesday's games. I wouldn't be surprised to see Mata sit on Wednesday, but I'd fully expect Oriol Romeu and potential target Cesar Azpilicueta to get a start.
The Great Britain game will obviously be the one to watch on Wednesday, as it's both the best matchup of the tourney so far and a vitally important tie. It will be worth keeping an eye on the other 2 games though, as I'd expect to see at least a few minutes from several of the Chelsea crew. Wednesday will be nice in the regard that none of the games will overlap, so we'll have threads up for all 3. Congrats to Oscar, condolences to Romeu and Mata, and good luck to Danny and Bert.