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Chelsea players have been training for a very important week ahead after the boss gave them a three-day break.

The Blues have three home games in three different competitions across eight days – West Brom in the Premier League, Hull City in the FA Cup and Barcelona in the Champions League.

This will be a defining eight-day period for Antonio Conte, but the Italian has declared that the team is ready as he emphasised on work and what his ideal preparation is like.

“When you play every two or three days it is impossible to work on the physical aspects, and this season we are not working on that,” he said. “But if I have time to work with the players – a whole week – you try to start the week with a physical session and then in the midweek, you start to look at the tactical work and prepare for the game.

“You understand that only through work can you reach a fantastic target, like we did last season. Our work last season allowed us to reach an incredible target.

“Now the most important thing is to be focused and to work to try to give the best this season – from me, from the players and from everyone here.

“I think that we are ready to face the game against West Brom, and then to play against Hull City, and then Barcelona. We must be ready to play three games in eight days, and I think we are ready.”

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