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.
The Blues 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.
Man United looming
The battle to finish in the top four in the Premier League is shaping up to be a close one, with Chelsea, Tottenham, Sheffield United and Wolves all involved.
Chelsea currently occupy fourth spot in the table, with Frank Lampard’s Blues holding a two point advantage over Sheffield United, with a game in hand, while Tottenham currently trail their London rivals by four points.
Manchester United and Wolves are both one point behind Spurs with 13 games to play, with United set to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
United have been warned ahead of the encounter – while Chelsea have a suspension problem on the horizon.
Chelsea face Manchester United at Stamford Bridge next Monday.
Both sides have had fitness issues leading up to the game, but the winter break has helped to alleviate some of the problems, with the pause in the fixture list allowing some players to get closer to a return.
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