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Lampard is against extra Champions League matches

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According to Chelsea’s manager Frank Lampard, more group matches would increase the workload of the already-stressed players.

There have been some proposals that would expand the number of UEFA Champions League Group Stage matches.

And while UEFA hasn’t decided yet what to do, Chelsea’s boss Frank Lampard has said this is a very bad idea.

“As a manager, I actually feel the weight of games more than I did as a player, even though I was running around as a player,” he told Sky Sports.

“As a manager, you’re thinking about how can you keep the team fresh, and it’s a challenge with all the competitions we have now.”

“If you ask me can we play more European games, I personally don’t believe you can fit them in amongst our busy schedule,” he added.

“I would find it hard to keep the quality level and the freshness within the players. If you did do that there would be a lot of discussion about how that would work practically. At the minute I think the level is about right. I like the format personally.”

He explained: “Domestically it gives teams a feeling you can compete on a level in a cup at home, which is important.”

English Premier League interim chief executive Richard Masters said: “There has been a lot of speculation about change to European club competitions and it’s important to recognize that change would affect everyone.”

“We remain open to changes to UEFA club competitions, provided they are mutually and widely beneficial, so it has been crucial to have heard from such a broad range of voices from the football community.”

“We are optimistic about this consultative phase of the process, led by UEFA, and look forward to working closely with local and European stakeholders to help shape reforms that enhance the complementary balance of domestic football and UEFA club competitions,” Masters concluded.