Frank Lampard says Premier League start date is too early and fears more Chelsea injuries

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Frank Lampard says Premier League start date is too early and fears more Chelsea injuries

R;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 final 2-1 to London rivals , but even though the 20-21 league season is set to kick-off on September , is still not finished with the current campaign.

Lampard’s side takes on in Germany on Saturday in the rescheduled second leg of their Champions League round-of- tie.

faces a monumental task to progress further in the competition having lost the first leg 3-0 at Stamford Bridge back in February.

Even if they fall to defeat in Bavaria, will have just days before the new season is due to begin.

In the unlikely event they progress, and then go on to reach the final, that gap drops to just days.

Lampard: We weren’t good enough to win final
head coach admitted his side were not good enough in Saturday’s final defeat to as he bemoaned losing so many of his players to injury.

It is understood that when clubs agreed a September start date, it was also clear that there would need to be at least a -day break for and any of the other teams playing in the end-of-season European competitions.

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Lampard, who saw and Ruben Loftus-Cheek pull out on the eve of the 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.

R;I am guessing we will be told when we start and that will be dependent on how we will go against ,” Lampard said.

R;It is not ideal if we carry on against Bayern – the players need to be given a break to play at the level and the quality product that the is.

Cesar Azpilicueta and Christian Pulisic (pictured) both suffered hamstring injuries
Cesar Azpilicueta and Christian Pulisic (pictured) both suffered hamstring injuries

R;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.

R;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 to make sure clubs start the next season with a level playing field.

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