The return of Loftus-Cheek and Kante’s form – 5 signs Chelsea will improve after winter break

Chelsea are in a real race for the Premier League’s top four as they are now just four points clear.

Tottenham Hotspur, Sheffield United, Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers are all in the chase with 13 matches left to go in the campaign.

Meanwhile, the Blues have a huge FA Cup fifth round clash with Liverpool and a Champions League tie with Bayern Munich coming up.

Chelsea have lost one and drawn two of their last three Premier League matches, and they will need a boost in their form.

So what are the signs that the Blues will improve after their two weeks of rest?

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The return of injured players

Ruben Loftus-Cheek took a big step towards recovery this week after playing 60 minutes or the Development Squad in a friendly against Brentford B at Cobham.

The midfielder could have a big impact towards the end of the season for the Blues, especially with his attacking edge that the club have been missing in recent weeks.

Christian Pulisic is also set for a return after the winter break, having missed several weeks with a thigh problem.

Lampard will be hoping that he will give the team another edge as well in the final third.

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Defensive partnership

It has been a season of change throughout the back four for the Blues, with Lampard using different formations and players in the campaign.

However, for the last three Premier League matches, the Chelsea boss has gone for a centre-back pairing of Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger.

Meanwhile, the preferred full-back players appear to be Reece James and Cesar Azpilicueta.

While clean sheets are still hard to come by, there is more stability in the back four now and that could prove effective for the rest of the season.

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