The problems Chelsea currently face are well known, with a winless run the Premier League extended to seven games by West Ham at the weekend, and a group stage Champions League exit a real possibility. Other than Juan Mata, their first choice attacking players are looking out of form and jaded, with Torres and Hazard suffering in particular.
Victor Moses has been the man used to rotate Mata and Oscar out of the side in recent weeks, but hasn’t always impressed, and Marko Marin must now be given a chance in the starting eleven.
The midweek game against Nordsjaelland is the perfect opportunity. Whilst Chelsea have to win to retain any chance of qualifying, they should be able to rotate and rest players and still pick up three points at home against the weakest team in their group. With that in mind, coupled with the poor form of Chelsea’s other attacking players, Marin has to be in the side for Wednesday.
The German’s exclusion so far has been inexplicable at times. Whilst he was injured for some of the early games, he was been an unused substitute for eight games in a row before the late appearances against Fulham and West Ham. Marin is a player of real quality, and his skill on the ball would have made him an obvious choice as Chelsea aimed to turn games around in their recent poor run, so it is surprising his opportunities have been so limited.
Whatever the result of the game on Wednesday Chelsea could be dumped out of the Champions League, although relying on Shakhtar to beat Juventus at home is not as much of a long shot has been made out. However if their defence of their European title is ended, Benitez needs to try and take some positives from that match to bring into their domestic title race, with Chelsea already facing a difficult task in chasing down the Manchester clubs.
One such positive could be the introduction of Marin. If he performs well, the German could be a key player in turning around their Premier League form, with the Club World Cup giving a further opportunity to rotate the starting eleven and integrate Marin into it.
Chelsea have a chequered recent record with integrating their signings into the side, with players like De Bruyne and Lukaku currently impressing on loan rather than for the Blues. There are already rumours that Marin could be another talented loanee, and Chelsea need to quash these over the coming games by giving the German a chance in the first team.
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