Right after the Covid-19 pandemic break in the football season, Premier League introduced a new rule to their league. Now, an EPL side can only substitute three players instead of five footballers. And that rule is now heavily criticized by two of the best managers in England’s top-flight league, Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola.
The football world adopted a new change to incorporate five substitutes to deal with the hectic schedule following the pandemic situation. FIFA also gave complete approval to all the leagues to follow this instruction till August 2021 However, Premier League took a different route and dropped their substitutes from five to three for the new 2020-21 football season.
Both Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola criticized the new substitute rule of English Premier League
While talking about the recent change, Jurgen Klopp said, “It should be [back on the agenda] but I don’t think it’s possible because of the system.” The manager then added, “It doesn’t help obviously when Chelsea have injuries, and City and Liverpool and United and Tottenham and Arsenal and Leicester, because that is not enough votes for the rest.”
He said, “That is the system. I thought it should have been back in the first place.” Klopp then added, “For me, it is a lack of leadership just to put the question on the table and say: ‘So what do you want with that?’ It should have been sold – if that’s the right word – differently with more information, showing more of what could happen, by [Premier League chief executive] Richard Masters. We never asked for any advantage.”
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The manager then said, “None of the top seven clubs asked for any advantage. We just knew because we knew our schedule, that it would be incredibly difficult. To have the best games at the weekend in the Premier League, it would have helped that as well. I think we should think about it again.”
On the other hand, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said, “It is nothing to do with certain teams having an advantage. It is about why we are here – the players. Forget about the advantage; this is to protect all the players.” He added, “When they play every three days, they start to suffer. Why in all the leagues is it happening, and here we cannot protect the players?”