Jose Mourinho has warned Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp that his complaints regarding the current fixture list will achieve nothing, as managers continue to take issue with the incredibly packed footballing schedule.
With the 2020/21 season having kicked-off later than usual as a result of the enforced extension to the previous campaign, it has led to a jam-packed period of football for all clubs, particularly for those competing in Europe.
The current schedule sees Premier League sides that are competing in either the Champions League or the Europa League forced to play twice a week with little rest, a fact that has only been exacerbated by the decision to squeeze in multiple international fixtures and the decision not to stick with the five substitute rule.
As a result, many sides have been ravaged by injury, with Liverpool in particular suffering multiple injuries in recent weeks that have tested their squad depth.
One major source of frustration has also been the scheduling of league matches after midweek fixtures, with Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently taking issue with his side having to plan an early kick-off on a Saturday against Everton, after having already played away in Turkey just a few days prior.
Looking forward to this weekend, Spurs will play on Thursday and then Sunday, while their opponents Chelsea will have had an extended period of recovery following their Champions League win over Rennes on Tuesday. Despite that difference in recovery time, Mourinho has insisted that his side are used to such a scenario and would not look to be making any excuses.
“In that case they were lucky this week that the draw gave them a Tuesday match that will allow them to prepare for the match on Sunday,” Mourinho told his pre-match press conference.
“Eventually I don’t know if they gave them a day off but they will have plenty of time to work. That’s not a new thing. That happens all the time.
“We knew that since we went into the Europa League so we’re not going to complain about it.”
The talk of fixture scheduling comes after Jurgen Klopp’s outburst following his side’s 3-0 win over Leicester City at the weekend, with the German critical of TV broadcaster’s role in the scheduling of fixtures, his side playing Italian side Atalanta on Wednesday night before facing Brighton in Saturday’s early kick-off.
However, the experienced Mourinho sounded a warning for his counterpart, saying that the former Borussia Dortmund shouldn’t expect to see any changes any time soon.
“Klopp arrived by 2014 or 15, I arrived in 2004 so what he knows from 2014-15, I know since 2004.
“Nothing changes. We have to adapt to it and that’s the way it is.”