Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach Mauricio Pochettino believes Premier League fixtures following Europa League ties should be played on a Monday evening, Sky
Spurs have the Premier League’s poorest home record so far this season and will be in action again at White Hart Lane on Sunday, when they face fellow Europa League competitors Everton.
Pochettino’s side host Partizan Belgrade on Thursday and, having lost every Premier League game that has come after a Europa League match, suggested it was benefit his team to have an extra day, feeling English football could learn from Spain and Italy in helping its clubs in continental competition.
“Maybe it is a good idea. For Sunday, we are in the same position as Everton. They play in Germany (at Wolfsburg) and we play at home,” the former Southampton boss said. “Yes, maybe it is a good idea to play Monday. Why not? One day more is good for the players to recover. Yes, maybe it is a good idea.
“[European leagues] look after the clubs who are involved in the international competition. I think it is a good idea maybe if you play Thursday and afterwards Monday,” he continued. “One day extra is very good for the players to recover because maybe you play in Turkey, Serbia or Greece and you arrive 4am.
“It changes your sleep and after it is Friday, you need to train, then Saturday, then Sunday you play at one o’clock. It is very difficult for the players.”
Pochettino also wants to record a home win to bolster the morale of the supporters, who have seen defeats to Liverpool, West Bromwich Albion, Newcastle and Stoke City. “I think it is important to play at White Hart Lane,” he noted. “It is true that in the Premier League we have problems in our games at home but it is important for the team to go to White Hart Lane and do a good job, play well and win the game.”
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