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​Chelsea boss Lampard asks Premier League for 'fair start' to next season

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard wants his team to have a "fair" start to the season next term.

The Blues are down 3-0 down to Bayern in the Champions League last-16, with the second-leg set to be played at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

And Lampard thinks it is too little recovery time to the season starting on September 12.

"I am guessing we will be told when we start and that will be dependent on how we will go against Bayern Munich," he told reporters.

"I am not forgetting the game against Bayern as that is a big game for us. I am caught up in today.

"The players need a rest before we prepare for that game. It is not ideal if we carry on against Bayern, possibly further on, the players need to be given a break to play at the level and the quality product that the Premier League is.

"Even in a worst case scenario we don't go through against Bayern, the 12th feels too early for me for the players to be start playing again. The players need a break. That is why we have pulled two hamstrings [Christian Pulisic and Cesar Azpilicueta] and had players pull out of the game before this.

"I would like to think the Premier League would look seriously at that and hopefully give us a fair start next season. We deserve to be as a Premier league club competing in the Champions League."

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