The team’s schedule was criticized by Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard. In two days, two games, 48 hours. I’m not trying to be smart, it’s an important point for us because in three days, other teams that are in contention for the top places in the championship play two games, Lampard ESPN quotes.
In three or four days, Manchester United, Tottenham, and Liverpool will play two games. It’s detrimental to the Premier League’s quality because if they play both games, it’s a danger to the players. Everybody knows that.’And I know exactly what happened: the game is being broadcast live like it is now in all matches. And we’re playing on Boxing Day with Arsenal, and our game against Man City has been moved back to Sunday [January 3].
So the timetable said we couldn’t play, and Aston Villa wanted to play on Tuesday as well, and they needed another day. That is what we wanted as well, but both the Premier League and the broadcasters turned us down.