Frank Lampard believes the English top-flight football is returning ‘too early’ and wants more time off for players to relax after a grueling return.
The Premier League finished last week but Chelsea has yet to take time off. They took on the challenge of Arsenal in the FA Cup this past Saturday, losing two players to injury in a losing effort.
Moreover, they still have another week to go before a much-needed rest is afforded. But that rest is also conditional.
If Chelsea manages to overcome the 3-0 deficit against Bayern Munich, their participation in UEFA Champions League will extend. Time off from football will be further still away.
Success in cup competitions will be detrimental to Chelsea’s preparations for the coming season, which starts on September 12.
Frank Lampard does not like the situation the Blues can be in and has voiced his views on the subject. The Chelsea manager told the BBC he wants Premier League chiefs to revisit the start date.
“I would like to think the Premier League would look seriously at that.”
“Hopefully they give us a fair start next season. Even in a worst-case scenario, we don’t go through against Bayern, the 12th feels too early for me for the players to start playing again.”
Chelsea finished fourth in Lampard’s debut season at Stamford Bridge. It was a higher-finish than former managers, Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti managed at Tottenham and Everton.