Chelsea Boss,Frank Lampard has urged the Premier League to give his team a ‘Fair Start’ by delaying their first fixture until after the proposed September 12 date for the 2020/2021 Season.
The Blues lost three players to injury during their 2-1 defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup final last Saturday.
Willian also withdrew 48 hours before the game due to a muscular problem. N’Golo Kante was only able to make the substitutes’ bench due to a hamstring complaint.
Chelsea’s season continues this weekend, when they travel to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League last-16 second leg.
Lampard is worried about the lack of recovery time ahead of the new season.
The Premier League clubs voted to give all teams a 30-day break, which means there will be a staggered start for those still in European competitions into mid or late August.
“Even in a worst case scenario we don’t go through against Bayern, the 12th feels too early for me for the players to be start playing again. The players need a break. That is why we have pulled two hamstrings [Christian Pulisic and Cesar Azpilicueta] and had players pull out of the game before this.
“I would like to think the Premier League would look seriously at that and hopefully give us a fair start next season. We deserve to be as a Premier league club competing in the Champions League,” Lampard told reporters.
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