After the devastating 4-1 defeat against Watford on Monday night that gave fans and supporters of the club heartbreak, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte decided to give his players three days off so they can rest and recuperate for the games that lie ahead.
Chelsea legend Pat Nevin has hailed the decision of the manager as he points out that a much-needed rest will do a world of good to the players, while also arguing that it’s time for the Premier League to observe winter break.
He wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website: “So Antonio giving the players a few days off might sound odd after the recent run of results and a need for fitness, but rest and recuperation both physically and mentally are vital as well. It is a delicate balance and sometimes because of the number and frequency of games you have to take chances.
“Take Marcos Alonso for example. When he was left out against Watford as a precaution, eyebrows were raised in unison in the press box. Was it a mistake in hindsight? Having played at the tempo he has this season, the chances of him joining the injury list must have been well into the red zone. If the club played him and the hammy did twang, then questions would have been asked about the wisdom of his inclusion. In short, you can’t win against the knowledge of hindsight.”