‘We deserve it as a Premier League club competing in the Champions League’: Frank Lampard insists Chelsea should NOT have to start season on September 12 with Blues suffering multiple injuries ahead of Bayern Munich clash
- Willian and Ruben Loftus-Cheek were ruled out hours before the FA Cup final
- Cesar Azpilicueta, Christian Pulisic and Pedro were all injured during the match
- Frank Lampard feels his squad need a big break ahead of next season’s start date
- Chelsea face Bayern in the Champions League last-16 second-leg on Saturday
Frank Lampard wants Chelsea to be exempt from starting next season on September 12 after watching his team’s FA Cup dreams dashed by a spate of injuries.
Heading into Saturday’s showpiece, Lampard was without Willian and Ruben Loftus-Cheek who were ruled out just hours before the final.
Those problems were compounded during the game, captain Cesar Azpilicueta and Christian Pulisic being lost to muscular injuries before Pedro was taken off on a stretcher with what appeared to be a dislocated shoulder.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard doesn’t want his side to start next season on September 12
Christian Pulisic sustained a muscular injury running through on goal in the FA Cup final
The three who suffered injuries during the game will almost certainly miss Saturday’s Champions League last-16 second-leg clash at Bayern Munich. They are trailing 3-0 from the first encounter at Stamford Bridge back in February.
Clubs have agreed that the 2020-21 season will start on September 12, despite the late finish of this campaign, to allow enough time to complete fixtures before the rescheduled Euro 2020 starts next summer on June 11.
But although this season finished for most Premier League clubs eight days ago, Chelsea’s has been extended by at least two weeks owing to their involvement in Saturday’s defeat by Arsenal and their visit to Germany.
If Chelsea somehow manage to overturn their three-goal deficit to qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals, then the Premier League are likely to grant them an extended break.
Pulisic had earlier put the Blues in front at Wembley before his second-half injury on Saturday
Chelsea’s Pedro was taken off on a stretcher with what appeared to be a dislocated shoulder
Manchester City, Manchester United and Wolves will be afforded the same privilege if they qualify for the latter stages of their European competitions, with the Premier League agreeing at a meeting last month to provide a minimum 30-day break for those involved in European football from the quarter-final stage.
However, if Chelsea are eliminated this week, Lampard has called on the Premier League to delay the start of his side’s season.
‘I am guessing we will be told when we start and that will be dependent on how we will go against Bayern Munich,’ said Chelsea’s manager.
‘The players need to be given a break to play at the level and the quality product that the Premier League is.
‘Even in a worst case scenario and we don’t go through against Bayern, September 12 feels too early for me for the players to start playing again. The players need a break.
‘That is why we have pulled two hamstrings 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 it, as a Premier League club competing in the Champions League.’
France defender Benjamin Pavard is likely to be the only injury doubt for Bayern.
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