Lampard thinks those competing in the Champions and Europa Leagues don’t get enough help.
Chelsea veteran Frank Lampard says that clubs competing in the Champions League and Europa League should be given more help by the domestic fixture list.
After playing Galatasaray in Turkey on Wednesday night and returning to England on Thursday, the Blues now only have one full day to prepare for the west London derby with Fulham on Saturday.
Lampard thinks that the Premier League does not do enough to protect its clubs competing in Europe, especially when compared to other countries and if they want them to have success, things need to be more flexible.
“We don’t expect any favours and certainly know we won’t get them. It’s about resting up and getting ready to go,” the 35-year-old was quoted by the Daily Mail.
“I don’t know about the Premier League but other countries seem to look after their teams representing them in the Champions League. I’m not sure we do so much here.
“I’m not trying to get one over on other Premier League teams, it just seems a general rule. There could be a bit of common sense if you are getting back at 6am.
“We can’t moan, we’ve got a fantastic squad with fit young players. We have to get on with it.”
In Germany, Portugal and Spain in particular a lot is done to ensure teams playing in Europe get more time to rest and recover.
However, other English sides in the top tier may argue that this is why clubs have large squads and that mega-rich teams – such as Lampard’s – should be complaining less.
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