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After three months of seeing the Premier League on standstill, the league finally resumed on June 17, and Chelsea will play their first game on June 21, with an away trip to Aston Villa.
Due to the lack of action over the past few months, managers will be afforded up to five substitutes, with nine named on the bench.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed that having up to nine subs on the bench will afford him the opportunity to put youngsters on the bench. However, his central message to the entire team is that everyone will be needed for this last phase of the season.
Lampard said in his press conference on Friday: “It’s a very good thing considering the circumstances, and a bigger bench is something that should stay the course. We work with players all through the week as a squad, you want to try and get young players on the bench. Everyone has academies and big squads, so trying to get more young players involved will be a great thing.
“In the short term, you saw the other night the energy levels and injuries, so the five subs are crucial, for player care as well. We want to make sure we keep enough players fit.
“The message to the players is: whether you start on Sunday or now, we are going to need everyone in this squad. There has to be a togetherness. The games are going to look slightly different. Subs are going to be absolutely crucial. The problem I have is a nice one and the players have to perform when I ask them to. They look ready.”