After the win against Crystal Palace, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte gave his guys three days off, asked if this break wasn’t too long, he replied:
“I gave three days off because I thought my players deserve this after a really intense period, we played three games in only six days and I thought the best day to recover was to have three days off. When you give three days off, you don’t know the destination of your players, it’s the best way to recover, not only for you body but also for your mind.
The Italian manager also explained that Diego Costa and N’Golo Kante, both suspended Bournemouth, had one day off more:
“We know that for this game Kante and Costa cannot play, for sure they are two important players for us, this is clear. We are working very well, this week to find a good solution. We all know that against Bournemouth won’t be easy, because they are good team with a great organization. I gave them one day more.”