Frank Lampard: Chelsea, Arsenal & Spurs don't get any favours

Lampard

All-time great Chelsea midfielder shouts for changes to be made in the fixture list for clubs such as Manchester United who campaign on multiple fronts.

When the Premier League coordinate their fixture list there should be greater consideration given to clubs who also challenge in the Champions League, according to Chelsea legend Frank Lampard, who bemoaned the fact the Blues rarely seem to get any favours.

This week alone, Chelsea were tasked with an away trip to Turkey in the Champions League in a bout they tied 1-1 to Galatasaray on Wednesday, three days prior to an emotion-driven West London derby against Fulham, leaving them with little training time due to flights.

Addressing his concern to the Daily Mail, Lampard, 35, a three-time Premier League titlist, Champions League winner and Europa League champion said: 'It's not ideal… We don't expect any favours and certainly know we won't get them. It's about resting up and getting ready to go.'

The Englishman then used nations such as Italy and Germany as an example, who allow rescheduling of domestic matches to the Friday before a midweek European match and the Monday for after.

Lampard also stressed that he did not want Chelsea to be the sole beneficiary of any chance, as there are other clubs in England who also compete in Europe, such as Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Manchester City.

'I don't know about the Premier League but other countries seem to look after their teams representing them in the Champions League. I'm not sure we do so much here. I'm not trying to get one over on other Premier League teams, it just seems a general rule. There could be a bit of common sense if you are getting back at 6am (on Thursday).'

For now, Lampard has said it is up to the Blues to just get on with it: 'We can't moan, we've got a fantastic squad with fit young players. We have to get on with it.'

image: © Ben Sutherland

Register for CHELSEA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch