Chelsea have little time to dwell on their FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal as they face Bayern Munich in the Champions League last 16.
That is on Saturday with the club 3-0 down from the first leg.
Even if they lose, the club will have just 35 days before the new season is due to begin on 12 September.
That gap reduces if they progress – and that has irked manager Frank Lampard.
“I am guessing we will be told when we start and that will be dependent on how we will go against Bayern Munich,” he said.
“It is not ideal if we carry on against Bayern – the players need to be given a break to play at the level and the quality product that the Premier League is.”
Lampard, who saw Willian and Ruben Loftus-Cheek pull out on the eve of the FA Cup final through injury, then lost Cesar Azpilicueta and goalscorer Christian Pulisic during the game to hamstring problems.
“Even in a worst-case scenario, we don’t go through against Bayern, the 12th feels too early for me for the players to start playing again.
“The players need a break. That is why we have pulled two hamstrings and had players pull out of the game before this.”
It is understood that when Premier League clubs agreed a September 12 start date, it was also clear that there would need to be at least a 30-day break for Chelsea and any of the other teams playing in the end-of-season European competitions.