Bring back five substitutes, Lampard demands

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Last season, the Premier League joined other leagues to use five substitutes after the restart, following the coronavirus-induced lockdown.

Surprisingly, most Premier League clubs kicked against the use of five subs this season, as they insisted that it would favour the big clubs who have a larger squad.

The Champions League, Europa League and other top leagues in the world still retained the three subs rule, but the Premier League.

The likes of Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have been very vocal about the need for more subs due to the demanding nature of the game at this time, coupled with fixture congestion.

Speaking ahead of facing Newcastle, having seen the bulk of his players only just return from international duty, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has once again voiced that the five substitutes rule should be brought back to the Premier League.

Lampard said: “I think it’s something we have to address again with all clubs. I know we had a vote earlier in the season but nothing has changed in terms of our professional environment since we had five subs after the restart.

“In fact, some things have tightened up and the schedule has become even more hectic but we’ve gone back to three subs.

“The reason maybe managers are not making those three subs so much in games, if people want to argue that, is because if you have 10 players who you’re fearful of tiredness in the latter stages of games, to make that third sub in the 70th minute is a danger zone that you might have an injury after that.

“My main concern is player welfare, particularly for those playing in Europe. It’s every three or four days week after week after week.”

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