German international Marko Marin became the second Chelsea loan star to book his place in a European cup final.
With the Blues boasting an embarrassment of attacking midfield riches, it’s easy to forget that Chelsea have another German international attacking midfielder on their books other than Andre Schurrle.
Marko Marin, who joined Chelsea in the summer of 2012, has spent the past ten months on loan at La Liga side Sevilla after presumably not featuring in Jose Mourinho’s plans this season.
The 25-year-old began his loan spell in Sevilla in a positive fashion, netting two goals in the Spanish side’s Europa League first-leg qualifying tie against Slask Wroclaw.
Despite the positive start, the former Werder Bremen star’s season was backtracked following a lengthy layoff due to a thigh muscle strain picked up in October.
Following Marin’s recovery in 2014, the Sevilliastas marched relentlessly up the La Liga table and progressed in the Europa League.
The two-time winners faced fellow La Liga opposition Valencia in the semi-final, with Marko Marin featuring in both legs.
Sevilla held a 2-0 lead going into yesterday’s second-leg tie in Valencia, and the hosts quickly turned the tie on its head as they found themselves 3-0 up.
With just over ten minutes remaining, Marin replaced Jose Anontio Reyes and caused a nuisance which allowed the visitors to gain some momentum. With time almost up, former QPR midfielder Stephane Mbia heading in a dramatic late equaliser to send Sevilla through to the final on away goals.
It completes an excellent couple of days for the Chelsea loanees, as Thibaut Courtois also booked his place in the Champions League final, ironically helping his side eliminate Chelsea at the semi-final stage.
With a number of loan stars set to return to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, boss Jose Mourinho is expected to have to make some tough decisions and reshuffle his pack.