Lampard bemoans lack of Wingers in Chelsea following trouncing by Everton

LONON (UK) – Chelsea manager Frank Lampard bemoaned the absence of wingers Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech, robbing the Premier League club of creativity after their 1-0 rout at Everton on Saturday.

Ziyech of Morocco could not make it to Goodison Park because of a hamstring injury during the 3-1 victory against Leeds United this month. On the other hand, American Pulisic was left out of the side as a precautionary measure.

“Pulisic was uncomfortable during the week so he couldn’t play,” Lampard said in a media briefing, adding that the packed schedule was taking a toll on the league’s attacking players.

“There are muscle injuries all over,” he said. “Players who are explosive and at the top end of the pitch are getting injured. Did we miss our wide players? Yes, we did because they’re important for us.”

Top flight in England came back to three substitutions in each game this season although there was the option to continue with five, a temporary rule other top European leagues have implemented after pandemic restricted their seasons.

Several top-flight managers, including Juergen Klopp of Liverpool and Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola, have been critical of the Premier League this season for not looking after the players.

“We want to see these players, but I think this comes back to the issue of five substitutes, which will come up later in the week. It’s about player welfare,” Lampard said.

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