Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard wants fans to come to the stadiums and all Premier League clubs to compete in a “level playing field” and believes they can safely host 2,000 fans.
Despite being placed in the first tier after the second coronavirus lockdown in the UK ended, London could be taken to the toughest stage of restrictions this week after a sharp rise in cases.
Chelsea have become one of the top 10 flight clubs to welcome a limited number of fans back, but they will lose the right if the capital is placed in three places.
When the level system was announced last month, Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa, whose team could not have supporters on Eland Road, said it was unfair to punish three levels of people.
Lampard believes there is no difference in favor of getting fans back and he has called on the government to exempt Premier League stadiums from current crowd bans.
Asked if it’s hard to adjust to playing one more time behind closed doors, Lampard said: “If it comes, I think it will. I’m a little disappointed, even though we’re on two levels and we have fans already I think it’s a level. There should have been a playing field.
“We’ve already seen the support they give you and what it takes to play.
“I’m not telling the government what to do, but I think we can control the 2,000 fans who come from this level. It’s sad to say the least.
“Let’s fix it, we’re building it along the way. It doesn’t seem critical, it’s just a fact that we’ve never been in this position before.
“I think the clubs have shown that they can control so far so I want to think that something can be done to give it a go.”
‘Come Back to Us’
The visitors were looking to bounce back from their first-league defeat in ten games after losing 1-0 to Everton on Saturday at Lampard’s Olv on Tuesday.
As a result, the Blues’ 17 matches ended in unbeaten runs in all competitions and they missed out on a chance to top the Premier League table.
“The Premier League is not forgiving,” Lampard said. “We saw the weekend with different results
“On Saturday we weren’t at our top level and we got beaten up, that’s it.
“We’ve had really long unbeaten runs, we’ve dropped our level for some really good football games as well as winning games and one game. It’s absolutely reliable for us to pick it up again directly.
“I kept saying, especially when people were bringing us in as title contenders after the Leeds game, I felt like it was a long run.
“I did it as a player and understood a lot of its components and there are a lot of difficult moments.
“One of them is losing the game and trying to bounce back quickly. It’s up to us to try and do it.