Frank Lampard believes that the Premier League "dropped the ball" by returning to three substitutions this season. The Chelsea head coach reiterating that additional caution will be required to ensure players do not pick up muscle injuries during such a congested season.
"It will be a season like no other and none of us can control that," Lampard added. "We can't control the injuries that come upon us at different times. You can't always read them whether they are impact injuries like Van Dijk, which was big news, or muscle injuries that we are seeing more of at this stage of the season."
Lampard felt that was the wrong call, saying that protecting the players should always be the first priority.
"The ball was certainly dropped when the Premier League turned away from having five subs. These are unprecedented times in terms of situations for football. It will carry on, it's not going anywhere in the short term.
"The demands on players are huge for every club. I'm not just talking about my squad, I'm talking about every football player that is being asked to play day after day and the injury risk. It has changed the landscape.
"We'll try to manage it as well as we can. We're fortunate we have a big squad here. At the same time we want to do our best, the pressure is on and the players want to get the right results. We do. It could certainly have a big effect this year, more than any other year."
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