How Chelsea can benefit from this poorly timed international stoppage

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Maurizio Sarri manager of Chelsea congratulates Eden Hazard on his hat-trick as fans and coaching staff give a standing ovation during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge on September 15, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Chelsea fans didn’t want this international break.

The Blues are still undefeated, and looked in great shape as they brushed aside Southampton.

With our next opposition, Manchester United, still in potentially fragile form, it would be ideal if we could just roll on and try and blow them away this weekend.

Instead it’s another cooling off two weeks, and while we won’t get to play any matches, you do feel it will help even more with settling in Maurizio Sarri and his staff at the club.

They’ve been playing catch-up since arriving in the summer, and every time they can take a weekend off to fix some things on the training ground or just generally get more comfortable with life in England, the better.

The period after this is vital, and we can advance into the Carabao Cup semis and from our Europa League group in the next few weeks.

Let’s get ready for the next push.