UEFA announce key rule change that will affect Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham this season

The Premier League has already voted against using five subs this season.

UEFA have confirmed that clubs will be able to use five substitutions in European competitions this season.

That means English clubs in the Champions League and Europa League will be able to replace five players in a match – despite being unable to do so in the Premier League.

Premier League clubs controversially voted against allowing five substitutes this season, instead reverting back to three subs per game.

The news will be welcome to managers concerned over fixture congestion in a truncated 20/21 season, with more players now being given a brief respite in one competition.

Europe’s top clubs had already lobbied UEFA to allow five subs per game for this season after only three subs were permitted in the qualifying rounds of European competitions.

Multiple managers of English clubs involved in Europe have previously spoken out against the decision not to allow five subs a game this season.

He said: “Players need to be given a break to play at the level and quality the Premier League is.”

Jose Mourinho also said he saw “no problem” with keeping the rule which was used at the back end of last season.

“The five subs, I don’t mind it. In the majority of matches, myself, I felt no need for that,” the Spurs boss said.

“But one thing is no need, another thing is no chance. So if you have the chance to do it, I don’t think it’s a problem.

“Because it can only be done in three periods, it doesn’t affect much more the real time of the game, coaches cannot stop the game five times as you know. I think it’s fine.

“I don’t see a problem at all with that.”

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has also previously spoken of his anger at only being permitted to use three subs this season.

He said: “I don’t understand why in this incredible period when everyone is concerned about Covid-19 and everyone is not allowed to go to restaurants, or should observe social distance and is not allowed to do what you want to do – in this incredible schedule we have after the pandemic, and (after) we finished the season late and started quickly – how we cannot protect the players with five substitutions. Instead we stick to three.

“When the argument is that it favours the top five or top six, it’s because the people don’t understand absolutely anything.

“The guys who are going to play (in teams) below the top five or six teams – the teams that people suggest are the stronger – they have the same problem as all of them.“They have games every three days, and there is a way just to protect the players.

“We have to protect the business, yes, but we have to protect the players, and with five substitutions we protect the players.

“Forget about tactics, forget about which favourite team is going well. But I don’t decide these kind of situations.”

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