Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has hit out at what he perceives to be an ‘impossible’ fixture schedule, one which he claims is making him ‘depressed’.
With COVID-19 extending last term’s Premier League campaign well into July, the upcoming season’s September starting point will bring with it a somewhat crammed fixture list – a fact that has clearly irked the former Manchester United boss.
The star of Spurs’ recent ‘All or Nothing’ documentary took charge of the club in November 2019 and helped his side achieve a Europa League spot following a woeful start to the season under former manager Mauricio Pochettino.
By securing European football, however, Mourinho’s side may well end up with a heavily congested run of games that will test their squad depth to the extreme, something which the club’s manager certainly isn’t looking forward to, even threatening to play his youth team in the Carabao Cup.
‘If I think too much about it I will get depressed,’ Mourinho told his pre-match press conference. ‘I want to go into every match with a smile, but I asked my boys which of them thinks they can play all these nine matches for 90 minutes and nobody told me, “I can”.
‘So we all are very, very aware that it is impossible to do it. It is not human. In the end, we end up asking who are the illuminated people making these decisions? I would like to know because in this moment they hide.
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‘Who makes a team play Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday, Tuesday again, Thursday again, Sunday again? Do they want us to play with the youth team in the Carabao Cup? Do they want us? That’s my question.’
The prospect of having to play up to three fixtures per week for the opening months of the season is clearly not an ideal situation and Mourinho suggested he may have to prioritise certain competitions – even if that goes against his and his clubs ambitions.
‘It is a big risk in terms of our ambitions,’ Mourinho continued.
‘First of all, because it is very, very possible you lose one of these matches. If you lose in the Europa League, you go out. If you lose in the Carabao Cup, you go out.
‘So, at that level, it is a big risk. Injury, obviously. Everybody speaks about lots of matches in some periods but this is unique. It has never happened. If we decide one of these competitions is not important for us, we go against the nature of the club and against our own ambitions.
‘We have our ambitions and we have our rights to try and fight for the competitions.’
Spurs begin their 2020/21 season with a visit from Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton on Sunday afternoon.