Chelsea assistant Steve Holland addressed the media after his side’s victory over Swansea City and discussed Chelsea’s injury situation.
Playing games every weekend and once during the week will take its toll on even the most equipped Premier League squads, and Jose Mourinho certainly feels it has had a bearing on the destination of the league title.
Liverpool this season haven’t participated in any European competitions, and Brendan Rodgers’ men made swift exits from both domestic cups.
It has allowed the Reds to build up a head of steam, resting between weeks and being able to treat those who pick up knocks or niggling injuries along the way.
Chelsea, whilst performing brilliantly in reaching the Champions League semi-final stage, have looked tired in recent weeks in the Premier League and losses to Aston Villa and Crystal Palace have dented their hopes of landing the title.
Key players such as Eden Hazard, Oscar and Samuel Eto’o are just three names struggling for fitness, though after Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over Swansea City, assistant coach Steve Holland had some good news to share.
“We have a very good injury situation - every player is fit with the exception of Eden. He should be back sooner rather than later, it's still a little bit too early to say for sure.” He told Chelsea’s official site.
“Having a clear week this week is a big advantage. I can't stress enough the extra demand the Champions League brings. It's just what the doctor ordered this week to have the chance to give the players a bit of a break.”
Jose Mourinho will be hoping Eden Hazard makes a swift recovery as his contribution will be vital for when Chelsea take on La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid in the Champions League next week.