Antonio Conte and Brendan Rodgers become latest managers to criticize ‘ridiculous’ fixture list with two games in 48 hours, as Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp joins protests
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Brendan Rodgers has slammed the Premier League fixture list with his Leicester side set to play twice in just over 48 hours.
The Foxes were beaten by Manchester City on Boxing Day but have a quick double recovery as they prepare for a home clash against Liverpool on Tuesday night.
Ahead of the shock at King Power Stadium, Rodgers called his side’s quick turnaround “ridiculous”, admitting he had deliberately left Jamie Vardy and Wilfred Ndidi on the Etihad bench for fear the pair would get injured.
“It’s a ridiculous schedule, we all know that,” the Leicester boss said. “The players aren’t fully recovered for 72 hours after a game, so for us to play on a Tuesday against Liverpool is ridiculous.
“It’s a very quick turnaround. Facing Man City and Liverpool in quick succession during this time is a big challenge, especially with the teams they have.
“However, we have to play the game. We will do what we did during this period. We’re going to fight, keep working and do our best, and that’s what we’re prepared to do on Tuesday.
“It was too big of a risk,” Rodgers said of Vardy and Ndidi. “We had to put them on the bench but knew we weren’t really going to be able to use them.
“They were suffering from tension and putting them in the game would have been really difficult. Hopefully they’ll be okay and recovered for Tuesday’s game.
Liverpool will have had a week to prepare for the clash, with their last outing a Carabao Cup victory over Leicester on December 21. However, that is only because their Boxing Day clash against Leeds was postponed due to a COVID outbreak in the Yorkshire side camp.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp echoed Rodgers’ views as he called for a change in the game schedule over the Christmas period.
“The situation should not be like that and we can discuss it every year,” he said. “It’s tradition and we want to play Boxing Day, we could have played Boxing Day and that wouldn’t have been a problem.
“But playing the 26th and 28th isn’t fair, I’m just saying that because it’s true and I think we can find solutions for that. It’s not that hard to play football from one side. slightly different way The 26th and 29th, where is the problem?
“It would just help the players, even without COVID, and the problem now is that some teams definitely have a proper COVID issue right now and you’re rushing a smaller group of players through two games. You need luck at these times, and you shouldn’t need luck.
“We keep discussing it because if we don’t discuss it, it stays that way. Maybe it stays that way anyway, but the players need help and the help has to come from other areas.
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After beating Crystal Palace on Boxing Day, Tottenham are another side to play two games in the space of 48 hours.
They face a side from Southampton, who also played Boxing Day, and Antonio Conte admitted it was very difficult preparation ahead of this particular game.
“Whenever you have that type of situation, a strong team is easier because you can turn and you have to try to rest and have a new team,” said Conte.
” We will see tomorrow [Tuesday] because I want to understand the physical condition of my players very well. When you change players it is not easy because you can have a new team at one end but at the other end you could lose your identity.
“We will try to make the best decision, but it certainly won’t be easy. “
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