Chelsea’s first-team stars have been rewarded for their impressive 11-game Premier League winning streak by being given time off ahead of their next fixture.
With the top-flight leaders not in action until Boxing Day, Antonio Conte has allowed stars including Thibaut Courtois and Gary Cahill to jet across the globe.
Chelsea goalkeeper Courtois, who has kept three consecutive clean sheets, has flown over to America to watch basketball in Philadelphia and Chicago.
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (left) poses with NBA star Joel Embiid of Philadelphia
Courtois posted this picture of his view at the Chicago Bulls’ United Center on Monday night