Jose Mourinho has praised the Premier League’s ‘positive’ solution in rescheduling Tottenham’s clash with Fulham following the postponement of the club’s meeting with Aston Villa, though Scott Parker was distinctly less happy.
Spurs were scheduled to face Aston Villa this week before the game was cancelled amid a ‘significant’ outbreak of coronavirus cases at the Birmingham based club, with the Premier League moving to rearrange the north London side’s clash with Fulham – postponed earlier in the campaign in similar circumstances – in its place.
Mourinho has welcomed a move which will help ease future congestion in an already tight fixture schedule, praising a ‘positive’ solution from the Premier League.
“The biggest impact is to have matches postponed, that is the biggest impact,” Mourinho said at his pre-match press conference.
“The changing of the order of the matches, the impact is minimal because in the end you have to play 19 matches at home and away, you have to play two matches against every team.
“If it is to help the Premier League to go and end properly, I think it is a solution we all have to accept as a positive.”
Fulham have been left furious by the Premier League’s decision to reschedule the fixture at short notice with Scott Parker describing the decision as ‘scandalous’, though Mourinho has little sympathy for his opposite number given the circumstances surrounding the postponement of the original fixture.
Asked whether Fulham had a right to be upset, Mourinho replied: “Are you serious? I had the news I was not going to play them two hours before the game started.”
Parker has since given his reaction to Mourinho’s comments and says the first fixture is ‘irrelevant’, questioning whether the Premier League would have made such a decision had the game involved two of the division’s biggest sides.
“Getting a game called off is irrelevant. That is disappointing. To have a game agreed at 48 hours notice… Spurs knew they had a fixture. He planned for that. Would this have happened with two of the biggest teams in a title clash? Probably not.”
“I am normally the last one to moan or whine,” he added. “To confirm a Premier League game at 09:30 on Monday morning is scandalous. It’s not about the fixture. I accept we have to play but it’s the notice. The people making these decisions don’t understand.”