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Chelsea were beaten 1-0 by Everton at the Goodison Park on Saturday night, to end an unbeaten run of 17 games.
The game seemed lost even before it started as Frank Lampard named a side without natural wingers. Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi were out with hamstring, and Christian Pulisic also had to be dropped.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said after the game that the muscle issues suffered by players come as a result of too many games.
Lampard will want the era of five subs to be re-introduced in the Premier League, and spoke about it after the game.
Lampard said at full-time: “He (Pulisic) had to be left out. He was uncomfortable in training this week and yesterday. We did miss our three wingers who are injured.
“It comes back to the same story, there are muscle injuries all over the Premier League. Rodriguez was out for them. When you watch Everton against Chelsea you want to see these sorts of players, exciting wingers. If you don’t you don’t see the best of the Premier League.
“It comes back to something which I think will be addressed again with the five subs later in the week. In terms of player welfare, we are asking players to fly all over the world for their country and play three games in 10 days, and then go again on a Saturday and a Tuesday. Players that are explosive at the top end of the pitch are getting issues.
“That’s the big picture. It’s frustrating. Every team has big squads. Everybody can pack their benches. Did we miss the wide players today? We did, because they are big players for us.”