Chelsea have been playing two games a week since the start of the season due to their involvement in several special competitions like the FIFA Club World Cup. In fact, this has been the same case since the manager Rafa Benitez took in charge of the club a few months ago.
The club recently progressed to the quarter-finals of the Europa league after beating the Romanian club Steau Bucharest 3-2 on aggregate. They will be facing the Russian club Rubin Kazan in the quarter-finals of the competition, but there have been concerns about the fixture pileup for the 2012 European champions.
The manager Rafa Benitez, though, has dismissed such claims by saying that he has seen real hunger and belief within the team that makes them play in every competition without worrying about tiredness. Benitez has pointed to the fact that he has been regularly preparing for up to 9 matches per month since his arrival at the club. The midfielder Eden Hazard, meanwhile, has spoken in confidence about the ability of the team to get past the Russian club. The Belgian arrived at the club in the summer for around £ 32 million and he has been one of the star players for the team.
“Since I came here we have been playing around nine games each month and we knew that could be difficult and we know that can still be difficult. I prefer to have this problem because it means we are carrying on competing. A top side always wants to be in all the competitions until the end,” said Benitez on the official website of the club. Chelsea have also progressed into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup as well. Due to the fact that they are fourth in the league, the FA Cup and the Europa league represent the trophy chances for the club this season.