Aston Villa boss Lambert accuses Premier League of favouring Chelsea
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert believes that the Premier League has given preferential treatment to Chelsea and their manager Jose Mourinho, according to the Daily Telegraph, after his side’s visit to Stamford Bridge was moved to August 21.
Villa face an extremely tough start to the season before the first international break, with the fixture with Chelsea arriving in between matches against Arsenal and Liverpool. The trip to West London was rearranged due to Chelsea’s participation in the European Super Cup, but Lambert believes the match should have been moved to a later date.
“I disagree with this, I don’t think it’s fair,” Lambert said. “There was no compromise there whatsoever. I gave them [the Premier League] five dates to choose from originally. Then I picked one and I thought everything was fine. Then all of a sudden, they tell us we’re getting jammed in between Arsenal and Liverpool when we had given dates before.
“We had about 45 different explanations - but I don’t know if one of them is true. I don’t get it. Would have it been different if it had been the other way round? Possibly, yes, are you talking about big club syndrome?”
Villa were reportedly furious at the decision for the game to be played so early, but the Premier League claimed that the date was chosen in order to avoid fixture congestion later on in the season. Last season, Chelsea’s match with Reading was moved to the first midweek date, also due to the Super Cup.
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