Marko Marin got to play 90 minutes of football in a long while. His recent injury series has deprived Chelsea fans of Marin trickery and pace.
Marin played for Chelsea U21s against Crystal Palace. He was used as one of the permitted over 21 players.
Marin was deployed as a #10, behind the striker in the hole. Marin was used as a #10 by Werder Bremen after Ozil’s departure to Real Madrid. However, Marin was largely unsuccessful in the number ten role at Werder. His contributions declined in comparison to the left winger position he had played in prior to the change.
Marin was able to contribute for Chelsea U21s in the #10 role. He scored a goal, had an assist and was involved in Chelsea’s attacks. However, Marin’s goal came via a header! The shorter Chelsea players seem to be scoring with their heads. Moses first and now Marin. Doesn’t matter how they come, as long as they keep coming.
This is good news on the Marin front. Chelsea could more than make use of Marin’s skills on the left wing. The recent fixture congestion has left Chelsea’s attacking group jaded. Their performance levels have dropped and are looking less of a threat from before.
Had Chelsea’s attacking band been fresher, Chelsea may well have scored 3-4 goals against Liverpool on Sunday. Instead, the Reds stole 2 points from us.
A fully fit and in form Marin could give Hazard a much needed rest. With the fixture congestion showing no signs of easing up till January 2013, Chelsea will need all of its squad players to be fit and in form.
We all have waited a long time to see Marin in action. It would be lovely to see the ‘German Messi’ in action during this weekend against the Baggies at the Hawthorns. Hopefully, that wish comes true. Also, hoping for Marin to stay fit and be in form for the rest of the season.