Spurs Boss Mauricio Pochettino Demands More Help For Premier League Clubs In Europe
Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino says the FA and Premier League need to give clubs involved in European competitions more help.
Speaking ahead of Spurs' Champions League second leg last 16 tie against Borussia Dortmund, Pochettino had some harsh words about the way clubs in other countries are given preferential treatment by their respective leagues.
Pochettino was asked what could be done about the short time clubs have to prepare for midweek European games and he did not hold back.
"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," said Pochettino. "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 because they wanted us to play live on Saturday. It is difficult for me to answer that question.
"Look what happened with Rennes in the Europa League. They canceled their game at the weekend to help or provide Rennes to play against Arsenal. In Europe it is more sensitive, the FAs to help the club to compete in the best way in Europe."
Is it time for English clubs to be given the same kind of treatment to enhance their chances in Europe? Pochettino certainly thinks so.
He continued: "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. Twenty four or 48 hours is massive, you know very well, the players know very well.
"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. If not it is normal that you find a different way to prepare the game. The players today are in the critical day for recovery, but that is not a thing to complain about. To run the same or maybe more than Dortmund, 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."
Pochettino wants to see the Premier League and the FA do more to help English sides in Europe.