Chelsea's players were due at Cobham for a double training session on Saturday but, after some 'crying' from his charges, Jose Mourinho decided to reduce the workload ahead of the encounter with Southampton.
The Premier League leaders began their festive schedule with a convincing 2-0 victory over West Ham on Boxing Day, allowing them to maintain a three-point advantage at the summit over champions Manchester City.
With a visit to St Mary's only two days later, Mourinho had requested that his players double up on the day in between the two matches, but this was met with some opposition on the dressing room.
Mourinho revealed following the win against West Ham that he was forced to make a change after the players resisted, and they instead trained on the Stamford Bridge pitch immediately after triumphing in Friday's London derby.
"I had two training sessions for Saturday but they were crying so much in the dressing room I've decided to make a change," the Chelsea manager explained.
"Because of that instead of two sessions tomorrow they will have only one and are training now."
This reduction of workload the day before facing Saints enabled the Chelsea squad to spend some extra time with their families; a reward they earned for comfortably overcoming what could have been a very difficult contest with West Ham.