Chelsea boss Lampard on Everton defeat: I had to leave out Pulisic

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard admits he didn't want to risk Christian Pulisic for yesterday's defeat at Everton.

Pulisic has been battling with niggling injuries this season.

Lampard explained, "He had to be left out. He was uncomfortable in training this week and yesterday. We did miss our three wingers who are injured.

"It comes back to the same story, there are muscle injuries all over the Premier League. Rodriguez was out for them. When you watch Everton against Chelsea you want to see these sorts of players, exciting wingers. If you don't you don't see the best of the Premier League.

"It comes back to something which I think will be addressed again with the five subs later in the week. In terms of player welfare, we are asking players to fly all over the world for their country and play three games in 10 days, and then go again on a Saturday and a Tuesday. Players that are explosive at the top end of the pitch are getting issues.

"That's the big picture. It's frustrating. Every team has big squads. Everybody can pack their benches. Did we miss the wide players today? We did, because they are big players for us."

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