3. Time for a break
Speaking of the international break, the timing of this one could prove to be both beneficial and harmful for Chelsea. The Blues looked fatigued in their encounter against Sheffield United and lost control of the match in the second half.
Tuchel remarked the same in his post-match interview, while also praising the effectiveness of his team.
"“On the 14th match in a row, I could feel us after the Atletico game a bit tired, there was a big relief in the team, and that is absolutely normal. It was also a huge effort mentally against Atletico. It was a moment where we arrived yesterday where I didn’t feel 100 per cent comfortable or sure that we could continue on the same level. “After 14 matches the target was to go to the quarter-finals [of the Champions League] and to Wembley, and the team have achieved both of the targets so big compliments to them and well done.”"
The international break could provide a much-needed respite for the squad, who have had to adapt to a new regime midway through the season. However, there is also a possibility of Chelsea losing momentum due to a two-week break in club play.
Several players are expected to be involved in the forthcoming round of international matches. Mason Mount, Reece James, and Ben Chilwell were called up by England while Callum Hudson-Odoi was named in the England U-21 squad. Kurt Zouma, Olivier Giroud, and N’Golo Kante, meanwhile, have been named in the French squad which will begin its World Cup defense, starting from March 24.
Chelsea will hope that its key players return to the club in two weeks’ time unscathed, as they prepare for a difficult run-in.
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