Revealed: Why Willian will benefit the most from the long break from football

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There have been no Premier League games since March 9 due to the coronavirus pandemic, with Chelsea’s last game being played on March 8 – which was a 4-0 hammering of Everton.

After two months of inactivity, the players are back in training and preparing for the games to resume in June.

One major argument from most people associated with the sport is that it will take a long time for the players to get back their fitness as well as form having been without football for such a long time.

However, Chelsea legend Pat Nevin believes that the likes of Willian will benefit from the long break, and it will even help his career, as he’s usually one of the hardest workers on the pitch.

Nevin wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website: “How strange that at a time when we are surrounded by the dreadful news of the terrible consequences of Covid-19 for so many people, this break in some ways might turn out to be a great help to the fitness and health of some players in long term.

“I look at someone like Willian and think, at his age and with the miles he has already put on the clock, a prolonged break will have done him the world of good. It might even prolong his and quite a few other’s careers.

“He and the rest will still have to go through the pain of what is essentially a pre-season regime which is never easy but the next question is, will they really be match fit in time for the big restart? Maybe a better question would be, does it matter?

“That might sound odd, but if every player at every club has the same limited time to get near to their peak, what difference does it make if they are all at 85 per cent instead of 95 per cent?

“Surely no one then has gained an unfair advantage in these circumstances. The games may be a bit slower to start with, as I think they have been in the Bundesliga, but surely that is fine if they are all in the same boat.”

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