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Ranieri throws weight behind five substitutions

Watford manager Claudio Ranieri


Watford manager Claudio Ranieri says he is in favour of the idea to allow teams to make five substitutions after the International Football Association Board’s advisory panel recommended making the option permanent.

An increase to five available substitutes was introduced on a temporary basis in May last year and was later extended until the end of 2022, when the World Cup in Qatar will be completed.

But the Premier League did not implement the rule in the 2020-21 campaign and reverted back to three changes, which remains the case for the current season after clubs voted on the issue.

Ranieri, who returned to the Premier League earlier this month, has given the idea his backing.

“I think it’s a good idea,” the Watford boss said. “In England you play so many matches and if you have the opportunity to change five players, it’s a good idea.

“I know very well the big teams change one champion for another champion.

“But also other teams can put young players on the pitch, give them experience.

“I think it’s a very good idea and I support it.”

Five substitutions were allowed in this week’s Carabao Cup games, while European competitions also apply the rule.

Ralph Hasenhuttl, like Ranieri, is also a big fan of the rule.

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He said: “It is a fantastic thing. I was first speaking about it in Germany and it was about giving us more opportunities, makes the game even quicker.

“When players are running out of energy and they are fighting for everything, I think with five subs, the quality of the game stays higher until the last minute. “I will be a fan of the five subs.”




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