Chelsea Technical and Performance advisor Petr Cech is not happy with the Premier League regarding their game against Brighton.
The Blues are taking on the Albion next Tuesday, as Chelsea are participating in the Club World Cup in February.
Legendary keeper Cech, who is now one of the club’s Chief advisor, believes fixture pile-up is a real danger to the players.
He said: “We are pushing the players now beyond their limits.
“We have a huge amount of fixtures, a huge amount of minutes for players who are also dealing with the unprecedented Covid times.
“Every hour is crucial for a player to recover and actually limit the risk of a potential injury.
“Everyone accepts we are all operating in unprecedented times.
“As a club, we are playing our part to keep everyone safe, make as many players available for selection as possible, and keep football going and the league on track, with player welfare paramount in our minds.
“It’s a shame that doesn’t appear to have been reflected in recent decision-making around fixtures.
“We therefore found it disappointing that our Premier League match against Brighton, originally scheduled for when we are now due to participate in the club World Cup in Abu Dhabi, has been rescheduled for Tuesday 18 January when we believe there are clearly more sensible dates in that week for this fixture to be played.
“We are extremely concerned about the welfare of our players in all of this and we are puzzled why Wednesday 19 January was not considered as an alternative date seeing as this would not compromise either team as we both play our next games the following Sunday 23 January.”