Kevin de Bruyne has a chance this evening to show all of Germany why he was right to stay in England.
Chelsea’s young Belgian midfield maestro had a superb spell with Werder Bremen last season, a spell which saw him become very keen on German football, igniting a frenzy to try and sign him at the end of the season.
However, Jose Mourinho actively ensured that he didn’t stay in the Bundesliga and he’s hit the ground running with the Blues this season, creating a striking resemblance to how Paul Scholes played at Manchester United.
Both teams are fantastic football clubs and in Dortmund’s case, it’s not impossible that Jurgen Klopp saw the 22-year-old as a potential replacement to Mario Gotze who went to Bayern Munich.
There are sets of fans from both clubs who will still be completely bemused as to why de Bruyne chose to move back to England over staying in Germany, especially considering the dominance of Bundesliga teams in the Champions League last season.
What Mourinho’s new Chelsea represent is a lot of passion and a lot of heart in the face of adversity and the adversity doesn’t get much bigger than facing the current European champions Bayern Munich in the Super Cup.
The chances that de Bruyne will start the match this evening are very high because he’s been a key component in Chelsea’s side so far this season and he’s been very effective in the attacking third of the pitch.
How he can be effective against Bayern Munich is a little more difficult to judge because the German side have so much quality all over the pitch.
His emotions will be running very high because of his association with German football and that should have the effect of being able to help him raise his performance levels.
The message from Mourinho to de Bruyne will probably be very simple; focus on what you do best, not what they do best.
If Chelsea can get de Bruyne on the ball in the pocket of space between the back four and the midfield, he could be very successful this evening, especially if Luiz Gustavo doesn’t play for Bayern Munich.
Bayern Munich are very similar to Chelsea in the respect that they have so many good attacking midfielders, Pep Guardiola is spoilt for choice. However, the difference comes with how they protect their back four.
It’s his chance to show that he’s more than just a feisty blonde youngster who spent a season on loan in the Bundesliga from Chelsea.
A man of the match style performance will not just elevate his status in German, English and European football, it will convince Chelsea fans everywhere that they have a very special player at their club.
Do you expect de Bruyne to play this evening? How do you think he will do?
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