CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 07: Eden Hazard of Belgium in action during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Group A Qualifier between Wales and Belgium at Cardiff City Stadium on September 7, 2012 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
The international break is boring, isn't it? As always, Chelsea had quite a few of their players involved in international action during the break. It can be a bit nerve racking, as injuries suffered on international duty aren't something that the club can do much to prevent. We just have to cross our fingers and hope that everyone comes back healthy and ready for club play to get going again.
After the jump I've briefly touched on all of the games involving Chelsea players, and I've inserted video wherever possible. I've only touched on senior national teams in this one, I'll have a roundup of our younger internationals later in the week.
- Moldova vs England: Six Chelsea players were potentially going to be playing for England over the break, including Ashley Cole, John Terry, Frank Lampard, Ryan Bertrand, Daniel Sturridge and Gary Cahill. In England's qualifier against Moldova, Frank Lampard and John Terry were the only Chelsea players to start. Daniel Sturridge, Gary Cahill and Ryan Bertrand were unused, and Ashley Cole missed the game with a minor injury. Frank Lampard netted a pair of goals in the game as England won 5-0, but John Terry had to leave the match with an injury. Both Terry and Cole both returned to Cobham after the match.
- England vs Ukraine: Frank Lampard was the only Chelsea starter for England's second qualifier of the break, but Daniel Sturridge and Ryan Bertrand would both be second half substitutes in the 1-1 draw. Gary Cahill was the only other Chelsea player on the bench. Lampard scored his third goal of the qualifiers (his second from the penalty spot), and both Sturridge and Bertrand looked pretty good as well.
- Brazil vs South Africa: Brazil squeaked out a 1-0 win, and David Luiz, Ramires, and Oscar all played the full 90. Brazil took a little bit of time to start clicking against the very organized South Africa side, but the Chelsea contingent all played fairly well.
- Brazil vs China: Chelsea had a trio of players involved again as Brazil absolutely stomped China. Brazil won 8-0 as all of Ramires, Oscar, and David Luiz started. Oscar was particularly impressive, as has become the norm when he plays for the Brazilian national team. All three were subbed off in the second half.
- Wales vs Belgium: A pair of Blues started as Belgium defeated Wales 2-0. Eden Hazard was in midfield, and Thibaut Courtois was in net as both played the full 90 minutes of this one. Romelu Lukaku came on at halftime, and Kevin De Bruyne was inserted into the game in the 64th minute.
- Belgium vs Croatia: Two Blues again got the start for the Belgians, with Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard again playing the full 90 minutes. Kevin De Bruyne also made an appearance from the bench in the second half, replacing Mousa Dembele with about 20 minutes to play.
- Scotland vs Serbia: Branislav Ivanovic started and played the full 90 as Serbia managed a draw in their trip to Scotland. Bran didn't get hurt, and he also did not hurt anyone else.
- Serbia vs Wales: Bran again played the full 90, and he found the back of the net in the 6-1 rout of Wales. Bran made it through the entire international break without picking up a card, which is always nice to see.
- Denmark vs Czech Republic: The Czech team managed to hold Denmark to a scoreless draw because Petr Cech is awesome. Seriously, he basically single-handedly earned the Czech team a point in this game. The Czech medical staff found an injury that Cech will play through, but he's done with friendlies for the time being. He returned to Cobham after this one, as the Czech's only had one real game over the break
- Spain vs Saudi Arabia: Spain started the break with a friendly on Friday, and Fernando Torres was handed the armband as he made his 100th cap. He'd play 53 minutes before making way for David Villa, but he apparently didn't want to use up any of his goalscoring magic in a meaningless friendly. Spain won 5-0.
- Georgia vs Spain: This game was a World Cup qualifier, and Spain managed a 1-0 victory. Fernando Torres did not play in this one, as Roberto Soldado got the chance to lead the line. I'll give you highlights even though no Chelsea players were involved.
- Liberia vs Nigeria: The first leg of Nigeria's final ACoN qualifier ended in a 2-2 draw. Victor Moses got the start, and he was reportedly very impressive. He had to be subbed out due to a slight knock, so hopefully it's nothing serious. Nigeria will host the second leg of the qualifier on October 11, with the winning squad qualifying for the ACoN. Unfortunately I couldn't find video for this one. Sorry.
That's it for the senior internationals as far as this international break is concerned. Now it's back to London, where the can focus on increasing the gap at the top of the table and defending their UEFA Champions League title. I suppose they can also think about Wolves in the Capital One Cup, but I'd imagine that the club won't be making that a priority.