Antonio Conte takes unusual step to reward Chelsea stars


Chelsea have never failed to win the league having been top at Christmas.

Antonio Conte’s side can relax at the summit having established a six-point lead over nearest rivals Liverpool.

The Blues will be hoping to make it 12 wins in a row against Bournemouth on Boxing Day, and they’re now in a luxurious position where even were they to slip up against the Cherries, they can afford a few mishaps along the way.

Conte’s first season in charge at Stamford Bridge couldn’t be going much better, so he’s understandably decided to reward the first team.

As reported in the Daily Mail, Chelsea’s stars have been given a mini winter break and are spending the next few days on holiday abroad.


The winter break – as seen in several European countries – has often been talked about in the Premier League as it could help to prevent injuries and burnout later on in the season.

Yet, while there are still no official breaks in place, Conte has taken the wise move to give his players some respite from the hectic December schedule.

Diego Costa and N’Golo Kante will both be missing against Bournemouth anyway, as the pair are suspended having picked up five yellow cards each this season.

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