Chelsea boss Antonio Conte admits Fabio Capello warned him about Premier League life.

Former England boss Capello told his fellow countryman the lack of a winter break “penalised” the national team and was bad for football.

Conte said: “I have this situation in England, and I heard a lot of coaches saying you should stop and have a winter break. Above all with the national team.

“Capello always said the lack of a winter break penalised the national team. It’s very difficult to reply to this question. To play in this period, the atmosphere we find in this period is very difficult to find in another period. It’s fantastic.

“It’s very difficult for me to say if it’s positive or negative to play during the Christmas period. But for me, it’s my first experience and I’m very happy to have this experience.”