Chelsea ‘disappointed’ by Premier League for rescheduled Brighton game – Cech
Petr Cech said Chelsea were “disappointed” with the postponement of their Premier League game against Brighton & Hove Albion, warning the players were “being pushed beyond their limits”.
Chelsea’s match in Brighton has been brought forward to Tuesday 18 January by the Premier League as Thomas Tuchel’s side will spend early February playing the FIFA Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi.
Chelsea are not happy with the new date, however, with Cech – the club’s technical and performance adviser – insisting the game should have been moved to Wednesday 19 to give the players extra rest time after their game against Manchester City the previous Saturday.
Writing on the Chelsea site, Cech said the club found the decision “disappointing” as “we believe there are clearly more reasonable dates that week for this game to be played”.
He added: “We are extremely concerned for the well-being of our players in all of this and we are puzzled why Wednesday January 19 was not considered an alternate date as it would not compromise either team as we let’s both play our next games on sunday 23 january.
athleticism understands that such a move is impossible, however, given that Tottenham Hotspur and Brentford – who play this Wednesday against Leicester City and Manchester United respectively – both play the previous Sunday. BT Sport are expected to broadcast two matches live on Tuesday and Wednesday nights as part of their broadcast schedule, leaving the Premier League with little choice but to postpone the Chelsea game until Tuesday night.
It is understood that the Premier League currently have no plans to use the international break for further rearrangements which should allow all clubs to rest their players.
Cech, however, argued that “the integrity of the game” is threatened by the sheer volume of matches to be played over the next few months, adding: “I understand that the removal of FA Cup reruns has freed up dates this week, but aggravating The problems associated with such unnecessary congestion of games with a gap of two days between each game is an unhealthy situation.
“We also find ourselves playing against an opponent at Brighton who, by comparison, has only played one other game in the same seven-day span.
“We are already filling matches with exhausted teams. As it stands, we have fulfilled all of our match commitments to date, although we were unable to start our desired starting 11 for some games during this time frame in which we played two. matches per week. Scheduling ourselves to play three games in seven days means that the well-being, fitness and well-being of the players will be seriously compromised. “
Chelsea are one of only two Premier League teams – along with Manchester City – to have made 21 appearances at the end of Week 21, with no unforeseen fixture in hand. The two clubs occupy the first two places in the ranking.
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