Frank Lampard - Chelsea

Lampard wants five-sub rule back: ‘My main concern is player welfare’

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has joined the long list of his fellow managers to bring back the five-substitution rule in the Premier League. The sub rule was temporarily changed last season after the Premier League was stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, for the new season the majority of the clubs voted against the continuation of the rule, making the English top flight the only big league in Europe that decided to bring back the three-sub rule.

Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jose Mourinho have all criticised the decision to change back the sub rule and now Lampard has joined his fellow manager. “I think it is something we have to address again with the clubs. The circumstances have not changed since we had five subs at the start of restart,” said Lampard, who also offered an explanation why some managers have not made all their allocated substitutes in games.

“The reason that maybe managers aren’t making three subs is because if you have 10 players fearful of tiredness, there is a danger zone to make a third substitute in case of an injury. My main concern is player welfare, they are under incredible stress, especially those playing in Europe. I don’t want anyone to cry their eyes out for players, we all know how lucky we are, but everywhere else has five subs so we have to revisit this in my opinion.”

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