Chelsea’s Brazilian contingent take a group photo on the plane alongside Shakhtah Donetsk’s Bernard as they fly off on international duty.
Next stop, South Africa!
As a result of Brazil hosting the World Cup, the national team have played almost two years of friendlies across the globe. The Samba side have played in various continents, and Wednesday’s match with the last World Cup hosts will be a repeat of the friendly between the two sides in September 2012.
Interestingly, the Brazilian starting XI that day consisted of Ramires, Luiz and Oscar, who have all been regulars over the past two years. Due to Willian’s fine Chelsea form this season, however, former Chelsea boss Scolari surely can’t afford to leave him out. The attacking midfielder has been a revelation under current Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho since joining the club in the summer, winning over the fans with a series of top class performances.
The Chelsea quartet have every reason to be smiling, off course - not only are they heading to the South African summer, but they leave Chelsea in an excellent position; the club sit four points clear at the top of the Premier League and in pole position in their Champions League two-legged tie with Galatasaray.
Mourinho will no doubt be hoping the players return in a similar joyful mood - without picking up injuries.
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