R20;Even in a worst-case scenario, we don’t go through against Bayern, the 12th feels too early for me for the players to start playing again”
The Blues lost Saturday’s FA Cup final 2-1 to London rivals Arsenal, but even though the 2020-21 league season is set to kick-off on September 12, Chelsea is still not finished with the current campaign.
Chelsea faces a monumental task to progress further in the competition having lost the first leg 3-0 at Stamford Bridge back in February.
In the unlikely event they progress, and then go on to reach the final, that gap drops to just 20 days.
It is understood that when Premier League clubs agreed a September 12 start date, it was also clear that there would need to be at least a 30-day break for Chelsea and any of the other teams playing in the end-of-season European competitions.
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Lampard, who saw Willian and Ruben Loftus-Cheek pull out on the eve of the FA Cup final through injury, then lost Cesar Azpilicueta (hamstring), goalscorer Christian Pulisic (hamstring) and Pedro (shoulder), who is set to leave the club, during the game to injuries.
R20;Even in a worst-case scenario, we don’t go through against Bayern, the 12th feels too early for me for the players to start playing again.
R20;The players need a break. That is why we have pulled two hamstrings and had players pull out of the game before this.”
Lampard then implored the Premier League to make sure clubs start the next season with a level playing field.