The Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho thinks that the international break was part of the reason that Chelsea lost at Villa Park on Saturday, and thinks that overall Chelsea were the better team.
“We conceded two goals from two corners but I think we created more chances and could have had more goals and got the result,” he said.
“It is always difficult to play away from home, especially after being away with the national team.
“Villa are a good side, but overall I think we were much better than them.
“Now we must rest and recover and start to think about Atletico Madrid because we want to qualify as soon as possible so that we can concentrate on the Premier League.”
With both Liverpool and Chelsea losing this weekend, and with Asenal and Man Utd already losing two games each as well, it is starting to look like this could be the most tight Premiership titles for many many years.