Read what Frank Lampard said about the early kick off

The Chelsea manager hit out at the decision for his side to face Newcastle at 12:30pm on Saturday with so little time to prepare after the international break and injuries across football piling up.

He said: ‘No it’s not the best. When you look at the scheduling it is a common sense factor.

‘That 12.30pm slot, how often does it need to be there? It’s absolutely not the optimum way to have players preparing for a Premier League game. You want the best of the brand. I want us to play to our best but it is very difficult circumstances.’


  1. It’s really difficult especially taking into account the aspect of preparations. Otherwise coaches have to use those players that have participated during the international break because at least they were active.

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