After Antonio Conte’s Chelsea passed the so-called big test against Tottenham and Manchester City, Arsenal legend Thierry Henry believes Antonio Conte will face a big test during the Christmas period.
According to Henry, Chelsea have benefitted from being absent from Europe by playing the same lineup regularly but that would be tested during the festive period as Conte would be forced to rotate his team.
Henry told Sky Sports: “Listen, it is always a test in this league. We all know how difficult it is to play in the festive period.
“When I say that he has the week and he is not in the Champions League and Europa League and stuff like that, it is a massive help.
“Other teams also don’t have the Champions League and Europa League, he’s obviously doing something good and being clear about what he wants in his plan.
“You can name the Chelsea XI, back in the day you could name the Chelsea XI, the Arsenal XI, the United XI, whatever team you could.
“Now a lot of managers do rotate a lot and we’ve seen that last year Leicester were not rotating a lot.
“Yes, you are going to tell me again they were not in Europe but it’s having the opportunity to work in partnerships at the back, in midfield and up front and having the same keeper behind the back four does help a lot in terms of what you want to do.
“Now is he going to change and trigger other stuff because obviosuly it is not easy to play in the festive period?
“I don’t know, that remains to be seen. But it does help to have the same starting XI on the field.”