International breaks are often greeted with mixed feelings by football lovers. For the average football fan, it means a break in regular club football, and that isn’t something a lot of people like. Some may not really care, after all, international windows also come with a lot football action, but over all, there’s more dislike than love for them.
Club managers, on the other hand, don’t even like the thought of it at all, and that’s because it puts a halt to a team’s progress, and exposes players to injury. But international breaks may not be a bad thing, at least, not as much as it’s made out to be. I think that if a team/coach is looking for fresh perspective, it’s just the perfect time for that, and Chelsea may need that after all.
As bad and awful as it is to admit, losing to Manchester City over the weekend might have had a morale- weakening effect on the players/team, and I think that this time off is perfect for a reorientation/rejuvenation.
The break is going to be on for just over a week, long enough for the pain and disappointment of that last loss to get off the players’ minds. It also gives coach Conte time to re- strategise, and draw better success plans for the team. So it’s not all negatives with the international break. We can benefit from it too in the long run. We’re playing Palace next; hopefully the players are revitalised poised enough for a victory.