Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has described the Premiere League schedule as unfair and that his side are struggling with much injuries.
Chelsea won Aston Villa 3-1 on Sunday, with Romelu Lukaku steering the comeback in his first match back from COVID-19 isolation.
The Blues had already requested that their fixture against Wolverhampton be held on December 19 but was rejected. A match that ended in a goalless draw.
“It is like it is- but we can not be the right way”, Tuchel said.
Fiften top-flight PL matches have been rescheduled in December, Chelsea were playing their eight in all competitions in the month and will face Brighton on Wednesday at Stanford Bridge.
Romelu Lukaku and Callum Hudson-Odoi missed games because of Covid-19, while Timo Werner, Kai Haverts, Thiago Silva and Nkolo Kante are all injured in the match Aston Villa.
“It’s not fair,” added Tuchel. “We’ve all been in bed for 10 days and we play against teams who prepare with games postponed, and who prepare with one week for these matches.
“They make us play all the time, even if we have Covid. We have new injuries and it won’t stop. People at the green table, in offices, make these decisions.
“We are struggling, we’re pressing our players. I have maximum respect for what the players did. We do changes because of injuries. We don’t change for tactical reasons any more.”
“I’m very impressed with my players but super concerned,” added Tuchel. “Maybe we made a big mistake letting players play after corona and one or two training sessions.
“But obviously they [the Premier League] made us play and so we play.”
He reiterated his call for five substitutes to be allowed in the Premier League again to help deal with the pandemic, but he said there was “zero chance” of that happening.
“We are not protecting the players because we are the only league who doesn’t have five changes,” Tuchel said.
The rule has remained in the rest of Europe’s top leagues since it was introduced in summer 2020. According to BBC Sports.
Villa assistant manager Gary McAllister, who stood in for boss Steven Gerrard after he tested positive for Covid, said bringing back five substitutes was “a must”.
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl said his team will have to “make a miracle” to face Tottenham on Tuesday, scheduled just over 48 hours after their 3-2 victory over West Ham.
“We face a very strong side with two days’ rest and no chance for training. We have to have a good hand in picking the right players and hope that we do,” Hasenhuttl said.
“We have no time to prepare and we have to see who is fit, but this is what we have to do if you want something from the Premier League. We will fight again.”