Chelsea have pulled ahead in the EPL title race and attacking midfielder, Eden Hazard feels their lack of UCL football is a blessing in disguise.
A 10th place finish after a disastrous 2015-16 season put the blues out of contention for both the UCL and UEL.
Conte has stated he would love to compete in Europe, but is also relishing the increased amount of time he can spend with the team.
And Hazard is certainly seeing the positives over having the chance to prepare for domestic matches, with second-placed Liverpool another team seemingly benefiting.
“It’s good,” Hazard, who played as Chelsea made it seven straight top-flight wins by beating Tottenham, told reporters.
“We have one week to prepare for the game and at the end of the week we know what to do when we play.
“Last year, we were just doing recovery so we weren’t always ready for the game, but that’s not the case now. We are concentrating on the opposition during the week and give everything.
“We do lots of tactical work and video work, it depends who we are playing. We do everything to be prepared.”
Chelsea have a crunch away game against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in their next game on Saturday.