Lampard laments key Premier League decision that could hurt Chelsea


Date of publication: Thursday, October 29, 2020 5:02

Frank Lampard has revealed his disappointment that the Premier League has decided not to allow five substitutions per game this season.

When football returned in June, teams were allowed to make five substitutes per game, due to the clubs’ busy schedule. However, the Premier League voted against retaining the five-cent rule for 2020-2021, falling back to the usual three.

In contrast, some other European leagues, as well as the Champions League and the Europa League, still allow five substitutes per game.

Chelsea will make the Premier League trip to Burnley on Saturday, eager to rely on three consecutive clean sheets, including Wednesday’s comfortable victory against Krasnodar in the Champions League.

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Thiago Silva will return to contention after being rested for the trip to Russia, while Kepa Arrizabalaga will have a late fitness test on his shoulder injury.

Chelsea boast of an almost clean health check at this point, but boss Lampard has revealed his frustrations with the Premier League’s vote against the pursuit of five substitutions per game in the new campaign.

“The ball was certainly dropped when the Premier League refrained from having five subs,” Lampard said.

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“These are unprecedented times in terms of situations for football. It’s going to continue, it’s not going anywhere in the short term.

“The demands on the players are enormous for each club. I’m not just talking about my team, I’m talking about every football player who is asked to play day in and day out and the risk of injury. It changed the landscape.

Lampard is lucky to have a great team

“We will try to manage it as well as possible. We are fortunate to have a great team here. At the same time, we want to do our best, the pressure is high and the players want to get the good results.

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“It could certainly have a big effect this year, more than any other year.

“It will be a season like no other and none of us can control it. We cannot control the wounds that strike us at different times.

“You can’t always read them if it’s impact injuries like (Virgil) Van Dijk, which was big news, or muscle injuries that we’re seeing more of at this point in the season.”

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