Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho insists “nothing has changed” amid Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s criticism of broadcasting companies’ fixture scheduling, as reported by FootballLondon.
Following his side’s 1-1 draw with Manchester City, the Reds boss implied match scheduling by television companies was having a significant effect on his team’s fitness issues. He suggested many Premier League sides were suffering the same problems.
Klopp was equally frustrated after last night’s Champions League defeat at home to Atalanta.
Lack of progress
In response, the Portuguese compared his arrival as Chelsea manager, with the belief the phenomenon was nothing new. Mourinho said all clubs would just have to adjust to the gruelling regime.
He said: “I think Klopp arrived by 2014/15, something like that. I arrived in 2004 so what he knows from 2014/15, I know from 2004 and nothing changed.
“We have to adapt to it – and that’s the way it is.”
‘Big clubs can cope’
The former Chelsea manager insisted having a large squad was essential with fixtures piling up.
Mourinho said: “These are moments we hope to try to survive like we did survive last season and managing to finish the season in a position that was a target for us.
“So I think the big clubs, and of course Liverpool is a big club and a big squad full of top players, some are injured some others are recovering.
“When another one gets injured, another one comes back and the big clubs can normally cope with the situation.”
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