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Alan Shearer dismissed Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel's comments around Premier League rules after the German complained at only being allowed to make three substitutions.
The former Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund manager pushed for an increase in the number of substitutions to five changes once again after Chelsea’s 3-1 away victory against Aston Villa.
As a means of preventing injuries and fatigue during a highly intense schedule, the Premier League allowed teams to make five substitutions when the 2019-20 season recommenced in June 2020, but reverted back to three at the start of the 2020-21 campaign.
Managers and ex-players alike have vociferously debated the number of changes each side should be allowed to make.
However, Newcastle United legend Shearer slammed Tuchel’s complaints and reminded him that he is in the same boat as everybody else.
"This is what out country is, he knew that before coming in," Shearer said on Match of the Day.
"The teams vote that in and they didn't want that.
"I think it can be an unfair advantage for the smaller clubs."
Tuchel vented his frustrations at the controversial rule very soon after his side came back from behind to overcome Aston Villa.
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Romelu Lukaku’s first Premier League goal since September and a second brace of penalties in three matches from Jorginho cancelled out Reece James’ first-half own goal and secured a vital victory against an in-form Villa side.
Their comeback against Steven Gerrard’s side brought them level on points with second-placed Liverpool – whose Boxing Day clash against Leeds United was cancelled by Coronavirus.
However, despite their vital victory keeping them within distance of Jurgen Klopp’s side and table toppers Manchester City, Tuchel cast light on the three substitutes rule in his post-match interview.
"Five changes were invented because of Covid,” Tuchel brusquely said after the match.
“Now we're in the middle of Covid, and some teams are having games postponed, and others aren't. Three changes is a big disadvantage.
"Of course [five substitutions should be allowed]. Zero chance [they will]. We are the only league that plays in winter, which I love, but we're not protecting the players.”
"All other leagues have five changes. Then we compete against them in the Champions League. It's a bit frustrating. It will not stop,” Tuchel added.
"Brighton will play a super physical game; then we have two games against Spurs, who are out of Europe and fully focused on the league and Carabao Cup."
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