Later News Dec 05

Mourinho has dig at Klopp and Guardiola over fixture congestion complaints

How do you know if Jose Mourinho believes his Tottenham Hotspur side are genuine title contenders?


When he starts playing mind games and making sarcastic jabs about his title rivals in the press.


Though it might be easy to mistake Mourinho making snide comments about others as ‘just another Friday night’ for the notoriously outspoken Portuguese, his latest remarks on managers complaining about fixture congestion could not have been more pointed.


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Recalling how his Spurs side had to play eight games in 18 days at the start of the season, Mourinho said: “We played four matches in one week and nobody was crying or supporting us about it. And now my colleagues, when do they play these matches?”


But could it be mere coincidence that Mourinho made these comments just a week after Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp went on an incredible rant about fixture congestion following his the Red’s 1-1 draw with Brighton? Knowing Mourinho, not a chance.


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Along with Klopp, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has also been a notably outspoken critic of the hectic scheduling this season, with both managers calling for the Premier League to reinstate the five-substitution rule for the sake of “player welfare”.


Both Liverpool and Man City, of course, are expected to be the frontrunners for the title this season.


So, when Mourinho is starting to make jabs about the managers of these two clubs, instead of the likes of Arsenal or Manchester United, then you know for sure that he believes Spurs are among the contenders for the title this season.


Mourinho then went on to complain about how some teams in the EPL had a game in hand over them, with the likes of United and Man City starting the season one week later due to their involvement in European football the previous campaign.


Said Mourinho: “What is very difficult to accept is that four clubs have one match less than the others and I don’t even know when they’re going to play these matches. I don’t even know when Burnley, Manchester City, Aston Villa, Manchester United and probably Newcastle and Aston Villa twice [are going to play].


“It’s difficult to accept that because it can affect the competition. But I was trying to know. I was trying for an answer this week and no one can give me that answer.”


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Mourinho and his Spurs side are set to take on Arsenal in the North London derby this weekend.




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