Chelsea go into an FA Cup semi-final with Manchester City just two days after a grueling trip to Moscow. The battered and bruised blues seem to be getting better as the season reaches its conclusion and whoever wins this semi-final has to be favourites to lift the prestigious FA Cup.
They are battling hard in the league to finish in the top four which will ensure they will be playing in the Champions League next season and they hope to become the first team to capture the Europa League a year after a Champions League victory.
As the Blues tirelessly battle away on three fronts, I ask the pressing question: which Chelsea players would look good with a beard that would put fear into an opposing player?
For obvious reasons, Chelsea outcast Florent Malouda hasn’t been included because if he had grown a beard, we’d still have no idea.
1. David Luiz
Luiz is at the heart of the Chelsea defence, never scared to go in hard for a tackle. He is flamboyant and is not scared to run with the ball either. With his fluffy mop on top, he could grow a beard that Castaway’s Tom Hanks would be proud of.
If he supported a long mane, he could be mistaken for a Braveheart extra but there is no denying his will to fight for the cause. As stated before, he is not scared of a bone-crunching tackle and could yet install more fear into his foes if he was bearded. Imagine him flying into a tackle, hair flowing in the wind and his eyes about to blow out of his sockets, his beard dying to get at the ball. I, for one, would hate to be on the receiving end of that.
2. Juan Mata
Mata has had an impressive season this year, possibly eclipsing his brilliant debut season. When Mata is on the pitch, anything can happen. He majestically floats the ball through the air and can run with the ball whilst looking like a ballroom dancer. The man has elegance.
A few times this season he has actually supported stubble, but this isn’t the style he should go for. If he was to grow a beard, he would need one as gracious as his first touch, a tight goatee and a thin strip of hair travelling to his ears, a beard in which a top Matador would be proud of!
3. Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard has looked brilliant at times this season and clearly is comfortable with the ball at his feet. He is a player that will grow into an integral part of the Chelsea team, like Mata and Zola before him.
Hazard has had “Elvis Chops” on more then one occasion but could he pull off a fluffy main? Maybe not but it would be a symbol of the hard first season he has endured so far.
4. Demba Ba
Demba Ba has had a decent start to his Blues career since signing in January, scoring a wonder goal in the quarter-final replay against Manchester United.
He has added options to the Chelsea squad which often found it self-relying on the on and off striker, Fernando Torres. Demba could pull off a nice looking beard, which would resemble one of his predecessors, Nicolas Anelka.
5. Branislav Ivanovic
In Eastern Europe, a beard is nothing to be scoffed at and neither should Ivanovic’s defensive qualities. A player who wears his heart on his sleeve and a menacing defender, he is some one that opposition players do not want to play against. He adds pace to the Chelsea flanks, is a threat when it comes to corner kicks and can defend with the best of them.
A short beard would go well with his piercing gaze; however, I'm sure he would have loved a full blown Santa beard to hide behind after his mistakes against Swansea City in the League Cup semi-finals. Beard or no beard, Ivanovic is a key component of Chelsea’s defense.
Who else would look good with a beard? Ashley Cole has had a designer goatee in the past, should he just let it grow? Should Frank Lampard grow his stubble?
Or should every one stick to the razor?
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