Chelsea have had a busy fixture schedule this season, as the Blues have mostly played a weekend fixture, followed by one in midweek, for the majority of the campaign.

For Cesar Azpilicueta, recovery is very important as he spoke to the official Chelsea website about the recovery process for some of the players.

“The immediate recovery, as soon as a game is finished, is very important so we will have treatment and use the ice bath, as well as making sure we eat the right food in order to get enough sleep after the match,” Azpilicueta explains.

“We normally eat pasta, meat, fish, sometimes sushi, just a mix of protein and carbohydrates to put back inside the body to help us recover.

“That’s the first step. Then, moving forward, in training the next day the intensity is not as high as it would be during a period when you have a whole week to prepare for a game. We try to recover on the pitch as well and just start preparing for the next game in the best way possible.”

Speaking on the importance of recovery, the Spaniard said: “Recovery plays a massive part when you have a match every three days because you need to be at your best in each game.

“It’s a very important part of our profession because every three days we have a tough game when we have to give everything, so we have to try to recover in order to be as fresh as possible, you need that freshness in order to play well.”

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