Petr Cech, the Chelsea goalkeeper, rips into the Premier League, admitting to being “puzzled.”
PETR CECH is the most recent figure to express concern about player safety.
Petr Cech has slammed the Premier League’s scheduling, becoming the latest figure to voice concerns about player welfare.
Chelsea’s manager has admitted that he is ‘perplexed’ by the fact that the Blues have seven games in a row this month.
The Amex Stadium was set to host Thomas Tuchel’s side on February 8, but the match clashed with their Club World Cup commitments in Abu Dhabi the following month.
The Premier League has since decided to move the match to Tuesday, January 18th, putting the Londoners’ January schedule in disarray ahead of a busy February, which includes the return of the Champions League.
Chelsea had already scheduled two Carabao Cup semi-final legs against Tottenham, an FA Cup third-round tie with Chesterfield, and three Premier League games against Liverpool, Manchester City, and Tottenham before the rescheduled Brighton match.
Since his retirement, former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has taken on the role of technical and performance advisor at the club, and he has blasted the Premier League’s timetabling, calling their latest decision “puzzling.”
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“We are no exception,” Cech said on the club’s website, “and it has been clear how much we have struggled in recent weeks with so many players missing due to injury, illness, and isolation.”
“We were therefore disappointed to learn today that our Premier League match against Brighton, which was originally scheduled for when we were due to compete in the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, January 18th, when we believe there are clearly more appropriate dates in that week for this fixture to be played.”
“Once again, we are extremely concerned about our players’ well-being in this situation, and we are perplexed as to why Wednesday, January 19th, was not considered as an alternative date, given that it would not compromise either team because we both play our next games the following Sunday, January 23.”
Cech stated in his statement that despite absences, Chelsea had completed all of their Premier League fixture commitments over the Christmas period, and that another month of nonstop action raises serious concerns about player wellbeing.
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