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Lampard facing Champions League trouble if he takes over at Chelsea

Chelsea have a Champions League nightmare waiting for their next manager, SportsMail reports.

The Blues, who want Frank Lampard to replace Maurizio Sarri, will return to Europe’s top competition next season, but a transfer ban imposed by FIFA means they cannot make any new signings.

Although there will be plenty of talent returning to Chelsea from various loan spells this summer, many of those players will not meet the UEFA criteria for ‘home-grown’ players.

This will leave Sarri’s successor to work with fewer than 25 senior players in the Champions League, where restrictions are tighter than in the Premier League.

Eight of the 25-man squad for UEFA competitions must classify as ‘home-grown’ and four of those eight must be ‘club-trained’.

Tottenham manager, Mauricio Pochettino, was furious about the rules last season when he came to regret omitting Juan Foyth from the group stages to meet the quotas.

 

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