English Premiership

Pochettino calls for FA to step in over fixture schedule

2019-03-05 11:36
Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has called for FA help as he feels English sides are at a disadvantage in the Champions League.

Tottenham aim to seal their Champions League quarter-final berth against Borussia Dortmund tonight.

Spurs are leading 3-0 from February's first leg at Wembley, but Pochettino is unhappy that the Bundesliga leaders have had more time to prepare for both games.

They played 24 hours before them for the first leg and then played on Friday night compared to Spurs' lunchtime kick-off ahead of the second leg in Germany.

Pochettino has called on the authorities in England to help their clubs in the Champions League by giving them better domestic fixtures ahead of big fixtures.

"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," the Argentinian said.

"I don't know whether 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.

"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.

"We need to be more sensitive to the clubs who play in Europe to provide better condition to have the same possibility to arrive to the games."

 

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