Lam­pard wants later start for his Blues play­ers

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CHELSEA man­ager Frank Lam­pard says start­ing the new Premier League sea­son on Septem­ber 12 is too early and his play­ers run the risk of sus­tain­ing in­juries given the short turn­around be­tween cam­paigns.

Chelsea trail Bay­ern Munich 3-0 head­ing into the sec­ond leg of their Cham­pi­ons League last 16 tie on Satur­day and even if they fail to over­come the deficit, Lam­pard’s side will have lit­tle over a month to re­cover be­fore the new sea­son be­gins.

“I am guess­ing we will be told when we start and that will be de­pen­dent on how we go against Bay­ern,” Lam­pard told Bri­tish me­dia on Sun­day.

“It is not ideal if we carry on against Bay­ern – 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 start play­ing again.”

Ce­sar Azpilicuet­a, Chris­tian Pulisic and Pe­dro picked up in­juries dur­ing Chelsea’s 2-1 de­feat by Arse­nal in the FA Cup fi­nal on Satur­day and Lam­pard fears other play­ers could meet a sim­i­lar fate.

“The play­ers need a break. That is why we have pulled two ham­strings and had play­ers pull out of the game be­fore this. I would like to think the Premier League would look se­ri­ously at that,” he said.

Mean­while, for­mer Chelsea mid­fielder Eddie New­ton has been ap­pointed the per­ma­nent man­ager of Trab­zon­spor af­ter he guided them to the Turk­ish Cup ti­tle as care­taker, the Su­per Lig club said.

The 48-year-old had taken charge on an in­terim ba­sis for Trab­zon­spor’s fi­nal two games of the sea­son af­ter the de­par­ture of Huseyin Cim­sir and over­saw a 2-0 win over Alanyas­por in the Cup fi­nal to land the club’s first tro­phy in a decade.

Trab­zon­spor con­firmed New­ton’s ap­point­ment as their man­ager in a state­ment on Sun­day but did not give de­tails of the length of his con­tract.

New­ton had told Sky Sports af­ter Trab­zon­spor’s tri­umph that a lack of op­por­tu­ni­ties in Eng­land had prompted him to seek a job abroad.

“The fact is, I’ve moved to another coun­try and it’s taken six months to be­come care­taker man­ager ... I’ve been work­ing in foot­ball all my life so that’s why I felt there was more op­por­tu­nity here, so I had to take the chance, ba­si­cally.”

Af­ter nine years as a Chelsea player, New­ton spent a fur­ther eight years as a coach in the club and was as­sis­tant to Ital­ian Roberto Di Mat­teo when they claimed the Cham­pi­ons League and FA Cup ti­tles in 2012.

He had reprised that role un­der Dutch­man Guus Hid­dink in 2015 and moved to Turkey in Fe­bru­ary this year to work as Cim­sir’s as­sis­tant.

Trab­zon­spor fin­ished sec­ond in the Su­per Lig be­hind Is­tan­bul Basak­se­hir.

But the club lost their place in next sea­son’s Cham­pi­ons League af­ter the Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport dis­missed their ap­peal against a one-sea­son ban im­posed by Uefa.

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