N’Golo Kante won the PFA Player of the Year award as Chelsea eased to the Premier League title last season.
But Antonio Conte’s side have struggled to reach similar heights in the Italian’s second campaign in charge as the Blues are currently fifth in the Premier League table and are in danger of missing out on Champions League football next season.
Kante believes the added fixtures the Blues have been involved in this season has played a part in the team’s bad form.
“Everything goes so much faster,” he told Ouest France.
“The slightest bad result is automatically dramatic, the pressure is immediate. I feel that, and you need to absorb it.
“I didn’t really realise it when I wasn’t playing Champions League.
“There are no breaks to recover, and it’s tiring sometimes, it doesn’t stop.
“When you win, it’s simpler, but when that isn’t the case, you can start feeling drained mentally too.
“It forces you to pay more attention to what goes on outside of football, naps, the food, recovery etc.”