Chelsea have just confirmed the news that all Premier League fixtures will be cancelled this weekend following the death of the Queen.
The early kick off against Fulham will now be pushed back, with even next week’s fixtures in doubt if police are occupied by the monarch’s funeral.
This is going to create further fixture chaos down the line, with the World Cup already looming on the horizon.
Our Premier League fixture away at Fulham and WSL game at home against West Ham will be postponed this weekend.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 9, 2022
It creates an interesting scenario for Chelsea, who have just sacked Thomas Tuchel and appointed Graham Potter as their coach. The new man was being rushed into place for this weekend’s game, but now will have over a week of training with the players instead.
That gives him the unique chance of a sort of mini-preseason here at the start of his time as Chelsea boss, something that he will see as a huge boost as he looks to hit the ground running.