Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has bemoaned the hectic fixture schedule of English football, saying the number of games makes it ‘difficult’ for English sides in European competition.
Chelsea are currently competing on two fronts, with Sarri’s side facing German outfit Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League semi-finals this week whilst still chasing a top-four finish in the Premier League.
English football has long debated a winter break in align with those on the continent, and Sarri feels English teams are having to play too many games.
”All the teams are involved in European competitions,” Sarri told his pre-match press conference.
”After 55, 56 matches to play every three days is very difficult. It’s not easy for an English team to solve this problem. It’s difficult to arrive in the final part of the season in top physical condition.
”In England you have to play more. Probably a Spanish or Italian team in this moment of the season has played 48, 49 or 50 matches. Here in England we will play match number 57 I think. Seven, eight, nine matches of difference in this moment is a big difference.”