Frank Lampard Wants Saturday Lunchtime Games Scrapped

Frank Lampard Wants Saturday Lunchtime Games Scrapped”

The Blues travel to Newcastle for a 12.30pm clash this weekend, but a number of Lampard's players were only due to return from worldwide duty on Thursday afternoon.

"When you look at the scheduling, for me it's just a common sense factor of the broadcasters have never had as many slots as they have now".

The kick-off time is 1:30 pm. That 12.30pm slot, how much does it need to be there? You want the best of the brand.

"The amount of things we change due to COVID and Project Restart and now in this season that we have to change because these are incredible times, then we have to continue looking for the best way to change it".

"Unfortunately some of our players are arriving back this afternoon, some played last night, so with the 12.30 kick-off on Saturday there are clearly a lot of challenges for us".

With players extremely worn out from a hectic schedule and lack of full pre-season, injuries are on the rise and Lampard believes changes have to be made.

Lampard and his men are now occupying fifth position on the Premier League table with 15 points after eight games played.

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He went on: 'The injuries are going up across the Premier League, the numbers are there, it is clear that the correlation of games, zero pre-season and a tight schedule. Change the time. That's not a hard conversation for me to have.

"Throughout the season there will be these really busy patches and if we want to handle them as best we can, if we want to look after the players and get the product as well as we can, change the time of 12.30". The reason maybe managers aren't making three subs is because if you have ten players fearful of tiredness, there is a danger zone to make a third substitute in case of injury.

So on that basis, I won't be paying £120 pounds to sit and watch us play, knowing full well we will set up no different to the game we saw last season, win or no win, in my mind it's not worth me losing £120.

Earlier, had reported how Chelsea who are Premier League giants have been dealt with a big blow after defender Ben Chilwell suffered an injury while playing for England against Belgium.

Lampard offered a fitness update on his group, adding: 'Pulisic is not fit for Newcastle but has stepped up his training.

"That's over. He tested negative two days ago, so he's just started training to get some of his fitness back after two weeks at home". "Some are travelling just now, just landed now, they will travel again to fly up to Newcastle, they'll travel back from Newcastle, they'll fly to Rennes on Monday and they'll fly back from Rennes", Lampard said.

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