Frank Lampard Wants Saturday Lunchtime Games Scrapped

Tanya Simon
November 20, 2020

Lampard's comments echo those of Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, whose side faced the same kick-off time a fortnight ago having only returned from a Champions League defeat in Turkey in the early hours of the Thursday morning.

The Blues boss was speaking about this Saturday's fixture against Newcastle at 12.30pm and claimed it would hindered his side's preparation.

He said: 'No it's not the best. "We have to continue to look at the best way to change it", Lampard said. When you look at the scheduling it is a common sense factor. "That 12:30 slot, how much does it need to be there?"

'It's absolutely not the optimum way to have players preparing for a Premier League game.

"We want to keep building, keep getting goals, keep getting assists and keep working hard as a team and hopefully, you never know, we could win the title as well".

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. Zero pre-season, the schedule is tighter, throughout the season we will have these really busy patches.

"What we're doing well is defensively we're keeping clean sheets and up front we're scoring a lot of goals, which is a good thing". Change the time. That's not a hard conversation for me to have.

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

He continued: 'I think it is something we have to address again with clubs.

'My main concern is the player welfare, they are under incredible stress, especially those playing in Europe.

"Everything about Christian and how he is around the training ground, and how he prepares and how much he wants to play, is ideal".

But Frank Lampard will certainly be happy that Ben Chilwell and Havertz are now back in training.

Lampard, who also wants a return of the five-substitutes rule to ease the workload on players, revealed defender Thiago Silva would not travel to Newcastle following his long journeys with Brazil.

While Lampard said Havertz's latest Covid-19 test came out negative (Chelsea's official website), the Germany worldwide still trained separately from the rest of the team since he's still trying to regain his match fitness.

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