Russia are one of the surprise team left at the ongoing FIFA World Cup tournament. The host country opened their campaign with a 5-0 thrashing of Saudi Arabia, followed by a 3-1 triumph over Egypt in the second group match to seal their place in the knockout stages of the tournament.
They were thrashed 3-0 by Uruguay-led by Luis Suarez – no thanks to a 30-minute red card to their right-back player.
Having seen that the host country would battle ‘almighty’ Spain, who won the 2010 world cup in South Africa, many fans wrote them off.
To the surprise of many fans, pundits, and managers, Russia defeated the star-studded Spanish side to progress to the next round of the competition.
Russia’s unexpected run so far could be traced to fans support and also to individual brilliance from players like Smolov, Golovin and Akinfeev.
Golovin is being awesome so far for the home country and that has endeared him to lots of top clubs in Europe with Chelsea and Juventus leading the race for his signature.
Should the Blues capture him ahead of the Serie A Champions, Maurizio Sarri would love to deploy him as a central midfielder (CM) alongside ever-present N’Golo Kante, who would be played in his usual defensive midfielder’s role.
Reuben Loftus-Cheek will be the last man at the center of the pitch for the Blues in the coming season.
The England international was awesome for Crystal Palace throughout previous season and he could be given his much-deserved opportunity to impress as a box-to-box midfielder in the coming season.