A bulk of Chelsea players were involved in international duty, and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has revealed the difficulty the international break has brought to Chelsea’s preparation for Saturday’s game against Crystal Palace.
“This week we were faced with a lot of problems,” Conte said. “Tomorrow will be a very difficult game for us for many reasons.
“After the international break it’s not easy. Some came back with some problems. For sure it’s important to check two or three situations and then to make the best decision tomorrow.
“We must pay great attention. It’s a game of fundamental importance. Don’t forget there are 10 games to play and we hope to finish the season with great success for us, for the club and for the fans.
“In my past I lived two different [title-challenging] experiences, one positive and another negative. For this reason, I like to repeat we need 21 points to be champions.”