Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has voiced his frustration at the Premier League fixture schedule by claiming it has handed the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool an unfair advantage in the title race.
Lampard’s side were in post-Christmas action against London rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Boxing Day, having beaten West Ham United 3-0 on Monday.
The Blues then have only one full day of rest before their next match at home to Aston Villa next Monday.
Leaders Liverpool have not played since last Saturday, when they thrashed Palace 7-0 at Selhurst Park.
Jurgen Klopp’s men face West Bromwich Albion at Anfield tomorrow (Sunday, December 27) in their first game after Christmas.
The Reds will then get an additional day to recover before facing Newcastle United as St. James’ Park on Wednesday, December 30.
United – along with fellow title hopefuls Tottenham – will also get an extra day between their matches, unlike Chelsea’s turnaround within the space of 48 hours.
United thumped Leeds United in their final league game before Christmas last Sunday, though were in Carabao Cap quarter-final action on Wednesday beating Everton 2-0 at Goodison Park.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side then drew 2-2 with Leicester City in the early kick-off on Boxing Day.
But they at least now have until Tuesday night before their next match, at home to Wolverhampton Wanders.
“The fact it’s two games in 48 hours is an important point for us because there are other teams who are challenging at the top of the League that play two games in three days,” said Lampard.https://get-latest.convrse.media/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.manchestereveningnews.co.uk%2Fsport%2Ffootball%2Ffootball-news%2Fman-united-chelsea-liverpool-fixtures-19524237&cre=bottom&cip=17&view=web
“Manchester United, Tottenham, Liverpool play two games in three days.
“It’s counter-productive for the quality of the Premier League, it’s a risk for players if they are going to play both games at the top-end elite sport, everybody knows that.