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Indeed the winter break came at the right time for the Chelsea players after a run of inconsistent displays as they’d now have enough time to reflect on the season so far, and more importantly have quality rest and return to complete the season in fresh conditions.
Upon resuming after a long winter break, the Blues will play three home games in nine days against top quality opposition. Chelsea will face Manchester United on February 17, and then Tottenham on the 22nd before the huge Champions League cracker against Bayern Munich on the 25th – all at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have been poor at home this season, and Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta has called for some consistency at Stamford Bridge ahead of these season-defining fixtures.
He told the official Chelsea website: “We haven’t made Stamford Bridge as solid as we would like this year. This is the best time to recover this solidity, with three big games in a row at home where we can show we are ready and able to make Stamford Bridge a tough place to come.
“With the fans we have had some disappointments at home altogether. When these three opportunities come we have to take them one by one, and hopefully we can build up on this. It’s key for the success of the season.”
When asked if the winter break has come at the right time, the Spaniard responded: “You never know.
“Sometimes when you are in good form you might not want to stop because you are in good rhythm and you have wins in a row. At the moment we are inconsistent, so hopefully we can get more consistent after the break and be ready for the next stage of the season.
“It’s difficult to determine if this is a good time or not. It is what it is and we have to take it in the right way.”