Lampard explains why he’s against expansion of the Champions League

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Proposals have been put forward to increase the number of matches in the Champions League with Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli leading the charge for the reform.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, who won the Champions League as a player with Chelsea in 2012, has spoken against the expansion of the Champions League.

Lampard believes players would suffer in an already hectic schedule.

“The feeling is that you’re in the ultimate club competition, and the reason for that is because you have the best teams from each league, and the best team from the year before that deserve to be there,” Lampard said.

“The year we won the Champions League we came second the year before. We know the format, we know what it is, but whenever you play in the Champions League you know you’re playing against the best and for me that is the format and the beauty of it.”

“As a manager I actually feel weight of games more than I did as a player, even though I was running around as a player,” Lampard added.

“As a manager you’re thinking about how can you keep the team fresh, and it’s a challenge with all the competitions we have now.

“I have a soft spot for the League Cup because we won it a couple of times at Chelsea, and it was the first competition I ever won. Domestically it gives teams a feeling you can compete on a level in a cup at home, which is important.

“If you ask me can we play more European games, I personally don’t believe you can fit them in amongst our busy schedule.

“I would find it hard to keep the quality level and the freshness within the players. If you did do that there would be a lot of discussion about how that would work practically. At the minute I think the level is about right. I like the format personally.”

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