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Chelsea were in quite a good form before the suspension of football in England. The Blues had beaten Liverpool 2-0 in the FA Cup and backed it up with a top class performance to beat Everton 4-0.
The Premier League has been suspended since March 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic, with Chelsea’s last game coming in on March 8.
Plans are in top gear for football to resume in June, and the players are back in training.
Chelsea legend Pat Nevin has admitted that it will be difficult for the players to be in top gear in so short a time, and the recovery rate will differ from player to player.
He wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website: “Football is preparing to start and all the discussions of hub centres, fans or no fans, extended contracts and limited on-field celebrations will be replaced by actual, real football chat.
“Among the last conversations will be the one about how fit the players can get in a limited period of time, having not played a match since hammering Everton on 8 March. This is interesting because you can have as many sports scientists and medics working on the numbers, it is impossible to say how long it will actually take for every single player because they are all different.
“First of all they should have been staying pretty fit throughout the lockdown anyway, and although the one hour exercise per day during the worst of the lockdown might not have been enough, most players will have had access to an indoor treadmill at the very least. So, they shouldn’t come back looking like they have eaten all the pies and become specialists in viniculture, though some of the rest of us might have!
“The sort of training regimes the players have had up until this week will have done little for actual ‘match’ fitness. This is of course a different level entirely. We always used to say that five or six weeks was around the minimum to get back after a big break in the summer, but in reality that rarely ever happens for many of the players now. With World Cups, Euros, Copa America and so on, how often do you really get that entire summer off now?
“This has been the kind of break a modern player only ever gets after a long-term injury.”