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 quite a lot of Lampard’s gamers had been solely resulting from return from worldwide obligation 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 sophisticated by a await 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 must do as gamers are again from internationals,” mentioned Lampard.
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“Sadly a few of our gamers are arriving again this afternoon, some performed final evening, so with the 12.30 kick-off on Saturday there are clearly a whole lot of challenges for us.
“It’s not the perfect. In case you speak about any group within the Premier League, we now have been coaching with 4 gamers usually for these final two weeks, so the vast majority of our squad have been travelling.
“Whenever you have a look at the scheduling, for me it’s only a frequent 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 have to be there?
“In case you look over the course of the season, at worldwide obligation, it’s completely not the optimum technique to have gamers making ready for a Premier League recreation, which is an unbelievable model all around the globe so that you need the perfect of the model.
“It is extremely troublesome for us to arrange for this recreation wherever close to the place we need to. I need us to play to our greatest – however it is rather troublesome circumstances.
“Muscle accidents are going up throughout the Premier League. The numbers are there. It’s clear, there’s a correlation of recreation after recreation. Zero pre-season, the schedule is tighter, all through the season we can have these actually busy patches.
“If we need to take care of the gamers and get the product the perfect 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 drawback however Kai Havertz is again in competition after self-isolating.