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Lampard added: “I understand the schedule is hectic. So every little win you can get by using common sense to put a game to be broadcast on another day, you take those small wins to try and help the player welfare.

“This situation, 26th and 28th for us when others are not, it’s compromising the players if they are going to play those two games, which some may have to.

“It also compromises the competition because others don’t have to do the same. It’s clear that it’s not ample recovery time for top-level football.

“Speak to every club in the Premier League, the sports scientists – the second day after a game is a second day recovery.

“It’s not good for the players to go and even train at medium to high level, let alone go and play 90 minutes.

“Everybody knows that. The broadcasters are looking for the best product. I will have to rotate players and see off the backdrop of Arsenal where players are with their fitness.

“Every individual is different and we’ll do our best to get the turnaround right.

“I remember it from a long time ago, 20 years ago when I was at West Ham, so we’ve certainly gone back in time, in terms of still playing over two days.

“In the old, old days they played back-to-back games. So, for some reason, somebody’s taken it back in time when we have the best product in the world and we want to see the best players on the pitch.”

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