Chelsea are having to readjust their Premier League preparations ahead of Sunday’s clash with London rivals West Ham, after their return trip from playing PAOK in Greece took an unexpected twist.
The Express report that Chelsea’s chartered flight back from Greece straight after the game on Thursday was postponed due to ‘bad weather’, meaning that the Blues had to spend an additional night overseas and instead arrive back in London on Friday afternoon.
The delay ultimately means that Maurizio Sarri’s side will just have one full day (Saturday) back in London ahead of a potentially rejuvenated West Ham side at the London Stadium.
The delay and serious lack of preparation and rest is likely to further frustrate the manager who already commented after the final whistle on Thursday, revealing his annoyance with the timing of turnover between Europa League and Premier League;
“We have to play again in 63 hours, on Sunday morning,” said Sarri via the Express.
The good news for the Blues is that their top goalscorer (five) and defender David Luiz are fully-rested having not featured in the Europe on Thursday and will be raring to go ahead of what fans will hope is six league wins on the bounce.
West Ham will have had seven days to prepare for their match with Chelsea, having beaten Everton away from home 3-1 last Sunday.