Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin believes an enforced break during the coronavirus pandemic can prove beneficial to Willian’s likes, with a welcome rest period helping aging stars to prolong their playing careers.

Those at the top of the game are unaccustomed to getting prolonged periods between competitive outings, keeping them busy with domestic and international commitments.

Summer breaks are regularly broken up by outings for the respective countries, with few occasions when the calendar is cleared up completely.

This was late, with football being pushed into a lockout situation in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Those who had been nursing knocks were able to heal while seasoned stars like Chelsea forward Willian recharged their batteries


Brazil international is nearing the end of its Stamford Bridge deal, which means that it does not stay around long in West London, but Nevin believes that the 31-year-old will now retain his current standards longer than originally expected.

Break during the coronavirus pandemic can potentially be advantageous to the likes of Willian, says former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin, enabling aging stars to prolong their careers with a welcome period of rest.

“We always used to say that five or six weeks was about the minimum to get back after a big summer break, but in reality this rarely happens now for many of the players,” Nevin told the official website of Chelsea.

“The team will have to play a lot of games in a short time, but not all of the players would have to participate in all of the games. It is up to those at the clubs to use the bigger squads available to them these days in an intelligent way. Now, they have bigger squads than they had in history at any time,” he added.


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