There is a very simple reason why Chelsea could one day have the most creative and effective attacking midfield in Europe.
Eden Hazard has enjoyed a marvellous season to date at Chelsea, and although his form may have dipped somewhat under the pressure of a long and demanding season, it is clear the Blues have one of the most exciting players in Europe, and one who is destined to join the ranks of the very best in the game.
So when the Belgian was only named on the bench for Saturday’s match against Stoke City, along with the mercurial Oscar, Potters fans may have wondered if their luck was in.
In seemingly resting two of his most creative sparks for the upcoming match against Paris Saint-Germain, had Jose Mourinho given Stoke a sniff of victory?
Well, no, not at all, because Chelsea ran out convincing winners, and it was the men chosen to play ahead of Hazard and Oscar that prompted this article.
In short, Chelsea do not have just two catalysts, they have loads of them. When one of the players of the season is rested, and Oscar puts his feet up alongside him, so Mourinho calls on three players who were majestic against Stoke, hassling, harrying, creating and scoring.
And it is that strength in depth that should worry Chelsea’s domestic and European rivals, not only because of the players they can call on, but how that very fact will affect the Blues’ squad.
Hazard will know that as good as he has been, he cannot rest on his laurels or another man will take his place. The same applies to Oscar, Willian, Schurrle and Salah.
Chelsea’s squad is loaded with creative talent that also happens to be young enough to improve for years to come. And they will improve, because they will have to.
There was proof of that on Saturday when the replacements looked anything but, doing what Hazard and Oscar were doing earlier in the campaign.
As long as Mourinho can keep them all happy, or happy enough to fight for their places, he could be on to a winner that ultimately sees them in possession of the best attacking midfield in Europe.