Premier League: Chelsea Boss Frank Lampard calls for a return of five substitutes per match

Chelsea Boss Frank Lampard calls for return of five substitutes per match

Premier League: Chelsea Boss Frank Lampard calls for return of five substitutes per match

Chelsea Boss Frank Lampard calls for a return of five substitutes per match.

Lampard has urged the Premier League to go back to the use of five substitutes per match.

During Project Restart in 2019-20 saw the number of substitutes rise from three to five — and matchday squads increase from 18 to 20 — to help players cope with the condensed schedule.

Speaking on Thursday, Frank Lampard warned this will be a ‘season like no other’ because of a relentless schedule which is putting players at risk.

Lampard also revealed his players were preparing for their game at Burnley tomorrow after only four hours’ sleep.

‘It will be a season like no other, and none of us can control that,’ said Lampard, whose players landed back in England from Russia following their 4-0 win over Krasnodar in the Champions League in the early hours of Thursday morning.

‘We’re clearly in the most unprecedented time. The situation facing football is carrying on. It’s not going anywhere. The demands on the players is huge at every club.

Clubs previously voted against it, with the smaller sides feeling it benefited the Big Six, who have deeper squads and could use it to see out victories.

The Premier League would also not like its rules to change midway through a campaign.

The use of five substitutes is permitted in the Champions League and Europa League.