Chelsea are among a number of Premier League clubs enjoying a mid-season break ahead of the final part of the 2019/20 season.
The break is the first time that the league has taken the decision to give players and fans a rest after what has been a busy festive period and start to 2020.
Chelsea may be grateful for the extra preparation time, especially given that they face three crucial home games when they return to action.
Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Munich all visit Stamford Bridge in both the league and Champions League over the next two weeks, and it is three games that could define the Blues’ season as they look to hold onto a top four place.
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As preparations continue, here is the latest news from Stamford Bridge.
Lauturo Martinez link
With the January transfer window now closed, rumours are already heating up for what big moves will take place in the summer.
Lautaro Martinez of Inter
(Image: Marco Luzzani – Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
Chelsea were unable to bring in any players during the winter transfer window, despite Frank Lampard’s hopes of bolstering his attacking line.
There were a number of strikers linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, including the likes of Dries Mertens from Napoli and Moussa Dembele of Ligue 1 side Lyon.
The latest to be linked is Inter’s Argentina international Lautaro Martinez.
Pivotal top four fixtures
It appears that it won’t be just Chelsea and Tottenham fighting it out for a top-four spot come the end of the season.
With the Blues having a huge 12-point advantage over their north London rivals back in November, the lead is now down to four points and they meet at Stamford Bridge later this month in what should be a mouth-watering clash.
However, Chelsea’s recent poor run of results has left the door open for a number of…