Frank Lampard believes the Premier League ought to scrap the Saturday lunchtime kick-off slot.
Chelsea journey to Newcastle for a 12.30pm conflict this weekend, however a lot of Lampard’s gamers have been solely as a consequence of return from worldwide responsibility on Thursday afternoon.
Lampard’s feedback echo these of Manchester United supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, whose aspect confronted the identical kick-off time a fortnight in the past having solely returned from a Champions League defeat in Turkey within the early hours of the Thursday morning.
The Blues’ preparations are additionally difficult by a watch for the outcomes of some Covid-19 assessments from gamers who’ve been overseas with their nations.
“We’re nonetheless ready for a few of the outcomes of the assessments that we now should do as gamers are again from internationals,” stated Lampard.
LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS
Two boosts for Chelsea however Silva journey means one other relaxation at Newcastle
“Sadly a few of our gamers are arriving again this afternoon, some performed final night time, so with the 12.30 kick-off on Saturday there are clearly a whole lot of challenges for us.
“It’s not one of the best. In case you discuss any staff within the Premier League, we’ve been coaching with 4 gamers typically for these final two weeks, so nearly all of our squad have been travelling.
“While you take a look at the scheduling, for me it’s only a widespread sense issue. I feel the broadcasters have by no means had as many slots for video games as they’ve now. That 12.30pm slot, how a lot does it should be there?
“In case you look over the course of the season, at worldwide responsibility, it’s completely not the optimum approach to have gamers getting ready for a Premier League sport, which is an unimaginable model all world wide so that you need one of the best of the model.
“It is rather troublesome for us to organize for this sport wherever close to the place we wish to. I would like us to play to our greatest – however it is extremely troublesome circumstances.
“Muscle accidents are going up throughout the Premier League. The numbers are there. It’s clear, there’s a correlation of sport after sport. Zero pre-season, the schedule is tighter, all through the season we may have these actually busy patches.
“If we wish to take care of the gamers and get the product one of the best we will, change the time of 12.30. That’s not troublesome.”
Lampard, who additionally desires a return of the five-substitutes rule to ease the workload on gamers, revealed defender Thiago Silva wouldn’t journey to Newcastle following his lengthy journeys with Brazil.
Christian Pulisic continues to be out with a hamstring downside however Kai Havertz is again in rivalry after self-isolating.