Frank Lampard explodes on EPL decision ahead of Boxing day fixture

Frank Lampard explodes on EPL decision ahead of Boxing day fixture

The Blues manager seem not to be happy with the EPL’s fixture schedules as Chelsea prepare to take on Arsenal today

Chelsea playing on the Boxing day has become some kind of tradition but backing it up with a tea-time game on the 28th is something unusual as Frank Lampard laments on the dangers of such tight schedule for his men.

The Fulham based club are to battle Aston Villa barely 48hours after today’s Arsenal game with the side fighting to return to the top of the league after two consecutive defeats saw them crashing to the 5th place.

With both of his wingers yet to return from injury, Lampard took a major knock when his two wing-backs were reported to have injured and would miss number of games.

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Lampard is now left to relying on Cesar Azpilicueta for the right-back role while Emerson is backed by Marcos Alonso for the left-back.

Speaking ahead of the game today, Lampard said; “It is counter-productive to the quality of the Premier League and it is a risk for players if they are going to play both games, at the top end of elite sport everybody knows that.

“The Aston Villa game is being broadcast live as they all are now and we play Arsenal on Boxing Day, that is there, and our game with Man City has now been pushed to the Sunday, so the schedule meant that we could have played Aston Villa on Tuesday.

“They wanted an extra day rest and so did we, but we got overruled by both the Premier League and the broadcasters,” he added.

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“This was bounced around,” he continued. “It got decided that we play twice in 48 hours when other teams that are challenging at the top of the Premier League have an extra day’s recovery.

“I don’t see how it is a fair playing field, I think it is wrong and it is not going to be the best for the players to play at their top level. 

“Don’t get me wrong, Aston Villa have the same problem, but we are not getting the rest period that other teams are getting.”

The former Chelsea midfielder went on to share that the tight schedule will likely reduce his team’s productivity as he laments on the likelihood of making multiple changes for games.

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“I can’t expect to get a high-energy and high-level performance out of them. Every club in the Premier League has sports scientists, and when we play now it is the second day after a game when we will be training as a second-day recovery, because it is not good for the players to even train at a high or medium level, let alone play 90 minutes.

“Everybody club in the Premier League knows that, the Premier League knows that, so they have to inform the broadcasters. The broadcasters are looking for the best product.

“I will have to rotate players, I will have to see after Arsenal where players are in their fitness, every individual is different, we will do our best to get the turnaround right.”

A win over Arsenal will see Blues closing in gaps on the title race but in turn see Arsenal falling heavily into the relegation zone following a disastrous EPL run lately.

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