Date published: Monday 3rd August 2020 9:55
A number of Chelsea’s first-team squad are reportedly unhappy with the load that Frank Lampard has placed on them this season.
Football Insider claims that Lampard’s intense methods are not going down well at Cobham in a season which has lasted almost 12 months.
The outbreak of coronavirus saw the season suspended in March. The Premier League resumed in June and then 92 top-flight games were crammed into just 39 days, placing huge demands on players.
And, per the source, Chelsea players do not believe that Lampard has helped the situation. In fact “multiple senior players believe Lampard and his coaching staff work them too hard and their injury prevention methods have not been up to scratch”.
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Three Chelsea players were taken off injured at Wembley in the 2-1 loss to Arsenal in the FA Cup final.
The in-form Christian Pulisic and Cesar Azpilicueta suffered hamstring injuries in the first 50 minutes against Arsenal, before Pedro injured his shoulder.
The report claims that players have told friends that fatigue has led to a series of injuries throughout the first-team squad.
Callum Hudson-Odoi, Willian, Billy Gilmour, N’Golo Kante, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Fikayo Tomori have all picked up injuries in training in the last few weeks.
Specifically the injury to Pulisic has come under the microscope in the United States. The US international had been in brilliant form for the Blues and the finger has pointed towards the game management of the midfielder.
Lampard wants later start date
Pulisic missed 150 days with abductor injury from January to June and was then asked to play eight games in 31 days.
Lampard has blamed the scheduling for the injuries to Pulisic and Azpilicueta.
“The players need a break. That is why we have pulled two hamstrings [Cesar Azpilicueta and Christian Pulisic] and had players pull out of the game before this,” said Lampard.
“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.”
The Blues manager has called on the Premier League to push back his team’s start to the 2020-21 season.
Lampard believes the September 12 date is too early for his players to recover properly, given their Champions League round-of-16, second leg tie with Bayern Munich on Saturday.
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