Frank Lampard has voiced his frustration at the fixture scheduling as his side travel to Newcastle with next to no training in place since the international break finished.
The Blues have the chance to go top of the table this weekend but preparation has been far from ideal and the former midfielder did not pull his punches regarding the early afternoon kick-off.
Lampard said: “No it’s not. I have to be honest, and I will be honest with it, if you talk about any team in the Premier League, we have been training with four players generally these last two weeks and the majority of our squad have been travelling.
“Some are travelling just now, just landed now, they will travel again to fly to Newcastle, travel back from Newcastle, fly to Rennes on Monday, fly back from Rennes and when you look at the scheduling, for me it is just a common sense thing.
“I think the broadcasters have never had as many slots for games as they have now, that 12.30pm slot, how often does it need to be there? If you look over the course of a season, I don’t know how many times, is it five international breaks and you’ve got players going away.
“It is absolutely not the optimum way to have players preparing for a Premier League game, which is an incredible brand all around the world so you want the best of the brand.
“It is very difficult for us to prepare for this game anywhere near where we want to. I want us to play to our best but it is very difficult circumstances.”
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