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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.
The Premier League are the only major league in Europe to return to the traditional three substitutes rule, with the La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1, still maintaining up to five subs. Also, the Champions League and Europa League still permit up to five subs.
Lampard made five substitutions in the game against Krasnodar, and he maintains that it’s the right way to go for now, as the demands on the players are much.
“I think the ball was firmly dropped when clubs turned away from having five subs,” Frank Lampard said.
“We’re clearly in the most unprecedented times. The demands on players are huge, every club, and I think that was the thing that I completely agree with Pep.
“I’m not just talking about my club, I’m talking about every football player who is asked to play day after day putting themselves at injury risk. It’s changed the landscape so we’ll try and manage it as well as we can.
“We’re fortunate in the way that we have a big squad here, but at the same time, we want to do the best, the pressure is on the players who want to get the right results. And it could certainly have a big effect this year more than any other year.”