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Chelsea’s match against AC Milan was ‘over in 70 minutes’, claims NBC football analyst Robbie Mustoe, as he criticizes the introduction of five substitutes into the Champions League
NBC analyst Robbie Mustoe has rejected the Champions League decision to allow teams to allow five substitutions.
The replacement limit was initially changed from three to five, in 2020 as a way to cope with an overcrowded schedule following the Covid-19 outbreak.
Fast forward to October 2022 and the Champions League and Premier League have made the increase from three to five permanent.
NBC pundit Robbie Mustoe took to Twitter to reject the decision to allow five substitutions
Mustoe claimed Chelsea’s match against AC Milan was over after 70 minutes after changes
While most are still adjusting to the new rule, it seems from Mustoe’s comments that he’s seen enough.
Yes, game over at Chelsea after 70 minutes, both teams are making a lot of subs. See this a lot. Not a fan of the extra subs available. Now we get a weird game of 20 minutes. Kettle on,” Mustoe tweeted.
Something often seen in games with massive substitutions of both teams as the clock runs out.
The expert took to Twitter to express his feelings about the substitution limit
The Chelsea v Milan match featured a total of five subs around the 70th minute alone.
If both teams’ subs are counted between the 60th and 70th minutes, the total comes to nine out of 10 possible subs, all taken within the last 30 minutes of the match.
Blues boss Graham Potter brought in Conor Gallagher and Jorginho in the 65th and 66th minutes, before bringing in Armando Broja and Kai Havertz ten minutes later.
The Chelsea v Milan match featured a total of five subs around the 70th minute
Meanwhile, AC Milan brought Matteo Gabbi and Ante Rebic on their feet in the 65th minute and made three changes in the 73rd minute.
The only sub not made was the one who took an injured Wesley Fofana off the field for Chelsea in the first half.
Mustoe made nearly 500 appearances during his career, playing in various divisions of English football.
The defensive midfielder played for Middlesbrough for most of his career, but has also played for Oxford, Charlton and Sheffield.