Barcelona centre-back Clement Lenglet has confirmed that the adoption of the five-substitution rule is beneficial to players.
“We don’t know if it will hurt us,” Lenglet told Movistar (via) when asked about the new five-substitution rule.
“In general, the player will benefit from it because we will have many games every month in the heat and a lot of travel.
“The footballer will be helped, we’ll see [about whether it helps] Barcelona.
Together with travel and warm temperatures, the number of games that will be played without much space between them means that this will help many footballers:
“We know it’s a risk to play so many games with a two-month break and the heat, but we’ll prepare as best we can. This will be a new 11-match league and we’ll have to get as many points as possible to win. It’s like starting all over again.”
However, Barcelona coach Quique Setien believes it could work against his side.