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Bad timing for Chelsea and Fernando Torres

Three wins out of three and top of the league. Chelsea have laid down a marker to the Manchester clubs. But has their break come at a bad time for them?

Have Chelsea impressed you with their performances? With two clean sheets out of three, and eight goals in three games, you can't argue with their results, which saw them bag all nine points on offer from their opening three games.

It has been a most welcome start to the season for Roberto Di Matteo's side, who ended last season with inconsistent league form, and were largely underwhelming in pre-season.

New signing Eden Hazard has been as enigmatic as expected, and Fernando Torres is living up to his star billing. 

But now Chelsea have a break, and do not play a Premier League game for two-and-a-half weeks.

It is due to their involvement in the European Super Cup this Friday, and the upcoming post-window international football break, mean they will not play in the league until September 15, when they head to Loftus Road for what promises to be a much-talked about encounter.

But has it come at just the wrong time for Chelsea? 

Torres and Hazard are on fire and improving, Chelsea are grinding out the results, and now their momentum will be taken away from them.

When they resume on September 15, it will be very much like starting afresh, and their players will hope to carry on in the form they left off, but it is not always that simple.

There may well be international football induced injuries to deal with, fatigue from their players jetting across Europe or indeed the world to play in friendlies or World Cup qualifiers, and the effect of just these slight factors can be highlighted in the Premier League.

Last season Torres looked to be coming into a bit of form, before he was sent off against Swansea, which ruined his momentum. What the striker needs right now is continued games for his club to capitalise on his good start - Not a break.

If there was any club that didn't want a break- it would be Chelsea. Teams like Arsenal and Spurs would welcome it so they could get their respective houses in order, but Chelsea's is looking immaculately constructed already.

For Chelsea there is little they can do about it. It is the price of success, the highest success- winning the Champions League, which saw their game against Reading brought forward and an increased gap between league matches.

They should be satisfied at their start, that they have laid down a marker to the rest of the league, and will remain above their Manchester rivals even when each have played three games, as they have both dropped points.

All they can do is cross their fingers no injuries are sustained in internationals, and if their players can't get up to lift their best form for the grudge match against QPR then something will be amiss. Fans should be confident Di Matteo's side are on the right track.

Are you frustrated at the break Chelsea now have? Can the side keep their momentum going?

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