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AVB unhappy with fixture congestion

Tottenham will play three matches in six days

By | 19th September 2013
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Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas revealed his unhappiness with the club’s upcoming fixture list, complaining that the club is playing too many matches in a short span. Spurs will be forced to play three matches in six days beginning today with their Europa League match against Tromso followed by a league match against Cardiff City on Sunday and a Capital One Cup tie against Aston Villa on Tuesday. The club will then host Chelsea at White Hart Lane next Saturday.

AVB is worried about the damage the lack of rest could cause his players, especially due to the single day of rest in between the Sunday and Tuesday matches. Although the manager has a large squad to choose from as the club brought in seven new players this summer, the Portuguese manager is concerned with the congestion of the upcoming matches.

“After this game we have not only the Sunday game but the Tuesday game, which I found as an incredible surprise,” Villas-Boas said to reporters, according to the Daily Mail.

“How can a game be scheduled immediately after two days? It’s putting the players’ careers at risk. I find it absolutely incredible that we have to risk injuries to our players in a game that they play on that Tuesday. The second day of recovery is the most dangerous day for a player to pick up an injury.

“If this is not taken into account I think it’s bad. Obviously other things have to be respected and because of the fixtures that are being played on the Tuesday and Wednesday. But the problem is that in the end Tottenham was chosen to play on Tuesday, with only the Monday to recover from the last match, and that puts us in a very difficult position.”

The scheduling has puzzled AVB as there are Capital One Cup matches that will be played on Wednesday, a day that Villas-Boas clearly wants his side to play on instead of Tuesday. The club has gotten off to a strong start early on this year as they sit third in the table with nine points from four matches but could struggle in the next ten days due to the high number of games.

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