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Tuchel and Klopp can’t hide frustrations in their agreement over FA decision

Both Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will be without their Brazil internationals on Saturday after the FA’s decision not to push their respective fixtures back

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Thomas Tuchel and Jurgen Klopp were not able to hide their frustrations in their agreement over a decision made by the Football Association.

The FA opted not to push back Chelsea and Liverpool ‘s Premier League fixtures on Saturday against Brentford and Watford, respectively, in order to allow both teams’ Brazil internationals more time to recover and feature.

Thiago Silva, Alisson and Roberto Firmino were all involved as the Selecao faced Uruguay in the early hours of Friday morning, a 4-1 romp for Tite’s side.

But they will all not play for their clubs this weekend, with the latter even flying straight from Brazil to Spain for Liverpool’s Champions League trip to face Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

The two German bosses fumed in their Friday press conferences, with Tuchel saying of key defender Silva’s absence: “We had our talk today about training, we had our tactical training about, he missed all that.



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“He played 90 minutes, he has 12 hours of travelling so that is maybe the answer of his availability. He is not.

“Of course I am not happy but I knew it before when he will come back and we knew before when he travels. So, nothing new. I got used to a lot of stuff in national breaks. This is how it is nowadays.”

But, like Klopp, Tuchel admitted he is not angry due to being well aware the FA would stand firm on the kick-off times.

“Are we happy about it, all the coaches, with the amount of games out players play for their countries? No, we are not.









“Does anybody ask us? No, also not. Does it change anything? Also, not. I don’t get angry because of this, I knew it before,” the Blues boss stated.

“We speak about it during the UEFA coaches meetings but the calendar is the calendar and you have to accept it. I’m not even like too frustrated about it. I don’t like it. I think it is too many competitions, too many games for the top players in the clubs.

“The game is for the players and for the spectators and the spectators want to have the top players on the pitch, they want them healthy and fit and in shape and hungry. You cannot always provide it if you play so many games in so many different competitions.

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“Given the fact we only have three [substitutions] in the Premier League and not five like all the other leagues, it is a big thing which we have to cope with. But I am not actually too frustrated. Maybe it is just my body language — I know what is coming.”

Klopp, whose Reds side play in the early kick-off on Saturday after Watford rejected a request to delay the match, added: “The problem is when I answer it sounds like I’m frustrated. I’m not.

“We have no chance, obviously. Brazil played last night, it’s not in our hands. You have a big squad but not for FA decisions.

“Atletico don’t play at the weekend, that’d never happen here!”


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