Chelsea manager Frank Lampard believes his club has been disadvantaged in the title race by being forced to play twice in 48 hours over Christmas.
Lampard has accused the Premier League of taking football back in time and compromising the integrity of the competition.
This is after Chelsea travel to Arsenal on Saturday, then have a home game against Aston Villa exactly 48 hours later.
“It’s two games in two days, 48 hours,” Lampard told a news conference.
“I’m not trying to be clever, it’s an important point for us, because there are other teams that are challenging at the top of the league that play two games in three days.
“And I know clearly what happened with this one as well. The game’s being broadcast live as they all are now. We play Arsenal on Boxing Day and our game with Man City now has been pushed to the Sunday. So the schedule meant that we couldn’t play and Aston Villa also wanted to play on the Tuesday, they wanted an extra day, and so did we. But we got overruled by both the Premier League and the broadcasters,” he said.
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By Ofhani Munyai