Chelsea will be ruing the timing of the international break on the back of a miserable defeat at home to title rivals Manchester City; the ideal scenario would be another game in the same week to put things right. However, with players away on international duty, Antonio Conte will have to wait until next weekend to get the Blues back on-track.
Possibly one of the big concerns for the manager is the fact that 14 of his players are currently away on duty with their countries, but the startling figure is that there will be a combined travel distance of 59,090 miles during the break for those 14. With Alvaro Morata already out injured there’s no doubt that the manager and indeed the fans will be sweating on all the players coming back fighting fit for the league and European title pushes.
Chelsea will in-fact be the fourth most traveled team during the international break, according to research by bettingexpert – with Manchester City sending out 15 players totalling a whopping 106,873 miles, while in contrast, London rivals Tottenham have only 11 out totalling 38,186 miles. Will all of these accumulating distances play into the hands of the more rested top clubs in the Premier League?
Willian will be the player traveling furthest during the break as he features for Brazil and will be one of 18% of players in South America made up from the the ‘top six’ Premier League clubs which are, Man City, Liverpool, Man Utd, Arsenal, Spurs and of course Chelsea. Chelsea fans will be delighted to know, according to the research, that Manchester United’s Antonio Valencia will be the player traveling the furthest individually, covering 15,279 miles. While Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be the only player from the top six clubs traveling to Asia during the international break.
This is the reality of a club like Chelsea and these other Premier League clubs boasting top talented players – they are wanted by their countries and that usually results in a lot of international travel, which in this case is qualifying for the World Cup in 2018.