Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says starting the new Premier League season on September 12 is too early and his players run the risk of sustaining injuries given the short turnaround between campaigns. Chelsea trail Bayern Munich 3-0 heading into the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Saturday and even if they fail to overcome the deficit Lampard’s side will have little over a month to recover before the new season begins. “I am guessing we will be told when we start and that will be dependent on how we go against Bayern,” Lampard said on Sunday. “It is not ideal if we carry on against Bayern – the players need to be given a break to play at the level and the quality product that the Premier League is. Asia-facing betting sponsors putting European football at risk: report “Even in a worst-case scenario, we don’t go through against Bayern, the 12th feels too early for me for the players to start playing again.” Cesar Azpilicueta, Christian Pulisic and Pedro picked up injuries during Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat by Arsenal in the FA Cup final and Lampard fears other players could meet a similar fate. Liverpool’s Far East assault is on hold, for now, but Nike link-up means China visit is inevitable “The players need a break. That is why we have pulled two hamstrings and had players pull out of the game before this. I would like to think the Premier League would look seriously at that,” he said. All Premier League teams previously agreed to a 30-day rest period after their final match of the season.