Just like for every other team competing in Europe, this season has been an unbelievable slog.
Games have come twice a week almost since the start of the campaign, and when your team is made up almost entirely international players, there are just no rests to be found.
Weeks are made up of recovering from one game and then travelling to the next. Time on the training pitch has been almost 0, which is what makes this week special, as Frank Lampard pointed out in his press conference today:
“No matter what squad you have, you need time to work,” he explained in quotes picked up by Football.London.
“One of the big pluses of last season was that we had that opportunity. We had a long pre-season and opportunities to work,” he went on.
These two weeks have given us a chance to focus on the basics of our game, how we want to play.”
He’s right, and we’re excited. This will be the best chance of a reset for this team all season. They’ve had one game in two weeks, against lower league opposition. They’ve had time on the training pitch, and they had a fit squad.
Let’s roast Fulham on Saturday, and get this campaign back on track.