Frank Lampard disappointed with Premier League's decision that could harm Chelsea

Frank Lampard revealed his frustrations with Premier League on discontinuing the five-sub rule for 2020-21.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard enjoys an injury-free squad at the moment but he expressed his annoyance with Premier League lifting the five-sub rule into the new campaign.

Other European Leagues such as Champions League and Europa League still allow five substitutions per game.

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

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

“The demands on players are huge for every club. I’m not just talking about my squad, I’m talking about every football player that is being asked to play day after day and the injury risk. It has changed the landscape.

“We’ll try to manage it as well as we can. We’re fortunate we have a big squad here. At the same time we want to do our best, the pressure is on and the players want to get the right results.

“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 that. We can’t control the injuries that come upon us at different times.

“You can’t always read them whether they are impact injuries like (Virgil) Van Dijk, which was big news, or muscle injuries that we are seeing more of at this stage of the season.”


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