<p>Chelsea is about to enter the international break, which has come at varying times over the past two seasons. In September, it provided a temporary reprieve from a rough patch of games but had limited impact as the struggles persisted into October. Last month, it came during the team’s best run of form since Mauricio Pochettino took over.</p>
<p>This time, the break will be a much-needed breath for the Blues as they navigate a challenging stretch of matches against top-half rivals. After facing Arsenal, Tottenham, and Manchester City in four weeks, Chelsea still has trips to Newcastle and Manchester United, as well as a home game against Brighton. So far, Pochettino’s team has secured five points out of a possible 15 against top-half sides, but they remain unbeaten against Arsenal, Liverpool, and Spurs, which is promising.</p>
<p>The impending hiatus at Cobham will provide some relief for Pochettino, especially with several key players sidelined due to injuries. Additionally, the recent England squad announcements have brought some surprises, with Raheem Sterling being left out once again despite his strong club form. With Sterling’s former club, Manchester City, on the horizon, he may use this as motivation to make a statement. Meanwhile, Reece James has returned to form for Chelsea but was cautious about joining the England squad, which could work in Pochettino’s favor.</p>
<p>Young talent Cole Palmer has also been making a name for himself at Chelsea, with impressive performances and contributions to the team. His form could eventually lead to a call-up to the senior England squad, but for now, he remains a standout for Chelsea at the Under-21 level.</p>
<p>… a brief respite to regroup and strategize for the challenges ahead. </p>
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