Chelsea boss Frank Lampard believes that his side deserves a delayed start to the 2020-21 Premier League season commencing on 12th September.
Chelsea and Manchester City are two English sides left in Europe’s elite competition this season which is scheduled to start next week onwards. Lampard’s men lost 3-0 at Stamford Bridge in the first leg and have a slim chance to overcome the deficit at the Allianz Arena.
The Blues’ loss to Arsenal in the FA Cup Final ended in a disappointing end to the season and injuries to key players, Christian Pulisic and Cesar Azpilicueta, who will miss the second leg in Munich.
“The players need a break. That is why we have pulled two hamstrings [César Azpilicueta and Christian Pulisic] and had players pull out of the game before this. I would like to think the Premier League would look seriously at that and hopefully give us a fair start next season. We deserve to be, as a Premier League club competing in the Champions League.” – Frank Lampard
The fixtures for the 2020-21 season will be revealed on 12th August. Manchester City will be given an additional week of rest if they manage to overcome Real Madrid in the second leg, which could be extended if they progress to the final stages of the competition. Wolves and Manchester United will also receive delays at the start of the new season, if they progress to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Europa League.
The 20 PL clubs voted to give all teams a one month break, meaning the sides playing in Europe will get fewer days to recover for the 2020-21 season. Meanwhile, champions Liverpool will begin the defence of their title with a few added days of recovery after being eliminated by Atlético Madrid in the Round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League this season
Lampard’s topsy-turvy maiden campaign
Chelsea had an inconsistent run of results after the restart, but crucial wins vs Manchester City and Wolves secured a top 4 spot which guarantees them a spot in the UEFA Champions League next season.
Frank Lampard reflects on the season as a whole and shows his appreciation for the progress that has been made… 👇
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 3, 2020
With new signings, Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner training with the club, they’ll be waiting to make their long-awaited debuts, while they continue to be heavily linked with a move for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder, Kai Havertz.
Frank Lampard will be hoping to make a few signings at the back with the poor performances of record-signing goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and 54 goals conceded in the 2019-20 campaign. The Chelsea boss will also be hoping for his injured stars to return to training as soon as possible, before the start of the new season and pose a serious threat to the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City who have dominated the last Premier League in the last 3 seasons.
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