Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino had once again called on the Premier League to reschedule games for clubs competing in the Champions League.
Other major leagues often do everything to help their representatives in Europe by rearranging their fixtures, so that they can get as much rest as possible, something the Premier League has long been criticised for not doing.
Spurs face Borussia Dortmund tomorrow in Germany in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie, and just as was the case for the first leg, the Bundesliga side will have an additional day of rest compared to Pochettino’s team.
The Argentine coach feels English teams are going into European games at a disadvantage and insists something needs to be done about the situation.
“We played Saturday and the only way we can prepare is talking and not talking too much because the players need to rest, need to recover after a very tough game,” Pochettino told his pre-match press conference.
“We played a derby against Arsenal and you know what it means to play a derby, not only in the physical condition, the energy that you spend, mental too.
“I need to describe the situation. I don’t understand again, to arrive not in the same situation both clubs going to compete for a massive and so important competition like the Champions League.
“Both teams play Saturday, I understand, both teams play Friday, I am not complaining or am not justifying. It is not the same, it is not the same to have 24 hours more or less to prepare for the game.”
“I think we need help from the FA, we need help from the Premier League.
“I don’t know because I am not involved in the decisions.
“Look, Dortmund played on Friday, for us impossible. We play Sunday and then played the first leg on Wednesday, now we play Saturday when Dortmund play Friday.
“I don’t know to blame the FA or to blame the Premier League or to blame Tottenham because we changed the day because we still not deliver our new stadium or the TV [companies] because they wanted us to play live on Saturday. It is difficult for me to answer that question.
“I am not going to blame someone, maybe we need to blame ourselves because we struggled to deal with this type of thing. But of course that is not fair for the players, for the team to compete with a massive disadvantage.
“24 or 48 hours is massive. You know very well, the players know very well, everyone knows.
“I don’t say that I am complaining about someone, only that I would like to play in the same situation as your opponent. That is the most important, you have the same day to prepare for the game.
“I think that is not fair and it is a problem that in the future it is a thing we need to change if we want to help the English clubs be stronger in the competition.”
Spurs do however travel to Germany with a commanding 3-0 lead from the first leg, and are heavy favourites to progress to the quarter-finals.