Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has called for a re-think on Premier League scheduling for clubs competing in the Champions League, and would like the same support enjoyed by their European rivals.
Mourinho's table-toppers are preparing themselves for a west London
derby at Fulham on Saturday - just 72 hours after they drew 1-1 with
Galatasaray in Istanbul.
And, given the lack of rest afforded to
the Blues, Lampard believes the Premier League should follow models used
elsewhere in Europe, where domestic games are often moved to allow
Champions League clubs more time to recover from continental
"It's not ideal," the England international is quoted as saying by Sportmasta. "We don't expect any favours and certainly know we won't get them. It's about resting up and getting ready to go.
don't know about the Premier League but other countries seem to look
after their teams representing them in the Champions League. I'm not
sure we do so much here.
"I'm not trying to get one over on other
Premier League teams, it just seems a general rule. There could be a
bit of common sense if you are getting back at 6:00 (on Thursday)."
Lampard is confident Chelsea's squad is capable of coping with the
rigorous schedule, and says the players just have to accept the
"We can't moan, we've got a fantastic squad with fit young players. We have to get on with it," he added.