With Chelsea looking increasingly reliant on Loic Remy to lead the line in their final title push, the Frenchman says the international break will help him raise his game for the return to Premier League action.
The Blues were hit by the news this week that first choice striker Diego Costa was ruled out for at least a fortnight, with a minor hamstring tear – something against which the Spaniard has battled all season.
He was sent home from his national side’s training camp to recuperate. And with Chelsea facing the prospect of putting him under the knife and ending his season, Remy says he is ready to take his place.
Having not been selected for France’s international squad, Remy says the fortnight’s rest from the pressure of the season’s final stretch will do him good.
“It depends on many things,” he said. “The players go to their national teams. It depends if they play much or not.
“But for the players not involved in their national team like me, it is really good because the break can make me feel good, I can train properly and be ready for the next game.
“It is better for me to stay away from this pressure for 10 days, it is a good thing I think.”
Remy showed his form by coming off the bench to score a late winner at Hull City with his first touch – maintaining that six points plus a game in hand cushion over title rivals Manchester City.
Blues sit out this weekend, along with the rest of the Premier League, returning to domestic action a week on Saturday – at home to Stoke City.