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Frank Lampard has voiced his concern over Premier League’s decision to dump the five substitutions that was used last season.
Last season, following the Project Restart, the Premier League permitted clubs to make up to five substitutions, as players returned from a long spell away from football, due to coronavirus.
However, majority of the Premier League clubs kicked against the five sub ruling for the 2020-21 season, as they believe that it will benefit the bigger clubs.
It isn’t just Lampard who has voiced his displeasure of the return to three substitutes. Speaking ahead of this weekend’s games, Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola also revealed that it wasn’t a good decision.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the latest manager to join in voicing his displeasure.
When asked about whether he wanted the five-substitute rule to continue in the Premier League this season, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “100% (would’ve liked to have had five subs in the league) and I don’t understand and cannot believe the vote went against.
“We have to look after the players and this season is the most demanding season of all. I can see the point why clubs voted against but if you take a step back and think about these professional footballers and their mental and physical health.
“I think the only sensible solution would have been to give us the opportunity to rest a few more. We have already seen loads of injuries, Pep has spoken about it, we as managers and club medical staff have to look after them and that’s why we have to rest players at certain times. I would have liked to have had five subs.”