The International break is often viewed as an unwanted distraction by many football lovers as it denies them of the pulsating action of club football. More so, the International break has often been cursed by club managers as it has the propensity to disrupt team chemistry, kill team momentum and unpleasant cases of injuries to key players. Show me someone who hates the international break and I’ll show you a national team manager.
However, the international break also has its good tidings. It affords club managers time recharge their batteries, discover new playing system and tactics, shake-off pressure especially if experiencing a run of bad results and also help injured players recover and gain match fitness. The latter has been the case for Conte and Chelsea with regards to the form and fitness of talismanic player, Eden Hazard, who has been injured since the summer break.
Eden Hazard is unarguably Chelsea’s most valuable player. The Belgian’s magic keeps Chelsea going in giant strides. Though the Belgian’s absence hasn’t been missed as the likes of Pedro and Willian have done well in his absence. But the return of the mercurial midfielder gives another creative spark to Chelsea’s football.
His dribbling, goals, assists and crucial role in initiating Chelsea’s attacking play is essential. Having missed the opening games of the season, he also has the feel of a new signing and will surely boost Chelsea’s chances of silverware.
With a fixture pileup of seven games in 21 days for Chelsea to play in September, the return of both players is a timely boost for Chelsea and Conte as they will provide options and cover. Let’s hope for the best for CFC.