Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho, has admitted Spain’s poor World Cup performance was good for the Blues, because his new Spanish trio was able to join the club’s pre-season early.
The Portuguese insists he won’t field his strongest XI against Burnley tonight, as he intends not to rush his World Cup stars back into action.
"This is modern football," Mourinho said ahead of Monday night's trip to Burnley.
"It's going in this tendency - more matches, more competitions, less time to work, even not enough time to have a real holiday for bodies and brains that top football players need. There's not enough time.
"In our case we had a group that had good holiday and a good pre-season, then we had another group because Spain was out in the group phase, and that allowed us to get five players before we expected.”
Mourinho also confirmed that the players, who arrived late because their teams survived longer in the World Cup, may struggle over the first few games.
"So that was good and created a medium group - but the final group is very late,” he added.
"Are they ready individually? No. But we have to be ready as a team for Monday.
"Can it be a team of six guys not ready? No. It must be a team with the majority of the players that had a proper pre-season and they are in a better condition.
"So we have to make options, and probably the team to play the first two or three matches is more about the team that is ready."
The title favourites face Burnley in the final game of the Premier League's first game round tonight.
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