Jose Mourinho believes managers who moan about fixtures are cry-babies – as Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola continue to criticise scheduling.
Klopp has repeatedly criticised a schedule he believes is endangering player welfare, a view which has been backed up by City’s Guardiola and Manchester United’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Both the Liverpool and City bosses have called for changes.
But Mourinho points out that nobody was complaining when Spurs faced eight games in 18 days at the start of the season.
“By the way, 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?” said Mourinho
His complaint is that cancellations at the start of the campaign due to the need for a break after last season’s European commitments means there is a group of teams who have games in hand on their rivals.
It leaves both Manchester clubs and Aston Villa hiding in mid-table when if they won their extra game they would all be within three points of table-topping Spurs.
“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,” he said.
Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s north London derby against Arsenal, Mourinho added: “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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He has also called for managers bitter that their Tier 3 clubs are disadvantaged because they are still not allowed to admit fans to get a little bit of perspective.
Marcelo Bielsa and Steve Bruce have been particularly outspoken, but Mourinho feels that in these unprecedented times managers should try to see the bigger picture.
“I can understand their position but at the same time the situation is so difficult and so frustrating for everybody that I believe we have to accept all these things for the good of football, the good of people’s happiness and the perspective of ‘this is going to change for the better’,” he said. “For me, we have to accept and adapt.”
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