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

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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.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard who banged the drum for five subs last 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.

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“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…