Following the arrival of Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala, you now need two hands to demonstrate how many London-based Brazilians are in with a shout of going to this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
Chelsea can count on David Luiz, Oscar, Ramires and Willian whereas Tottenham Hotspur have their own Brazilian contingent in Paulinho, Sandro and former number one goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.
Of the players mentioned, 27-year-old Ramires leads the way as the most experienced in the Brazilian camp as he has 41 caps to his name. Willian, on the other hand, only has five caps and his recent inclusion can be put down to his Chelsea form in his debut Premier League campaign.
Brazil’s national team boss Luiz Felipe Scolari recently visited London and revealed that he’d given the green light to Chelsea’s four Brazilians and Spurs’ Paulinho to play at the World Cup this summer. He was quoted by the Spanish press AS, saying:
“I was with five players in London and I gave them my trust; ‘You are in my group,’ I told them”
Following his visit to the English capital, the London-based Brazilian stars put the Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur club rivalry to one side to celebrate the good news.
In what appears to be one of their homes, three of Chelsea’s Brazilians joined up with their Spurs counterparts to take a photo sitting on the stairs whilst posting a message saying they were waiting for David Luiz to arrive.