Jose Mourinho has warned Tottenham have been handed the worst Christmas ever after branding their fixture schedule a “total joke.”
Tottenham go to Southampton for a high noon showdown on Sunday as part of a daunting and unprecedented run of nine games in 21 days which the Spurs boss says is far worse than any Christmas fixture list.
They could face two Europa League ties, two more Carabao Cup ties and their Premier League matches which Mourinho says will mean they have to sleep at their training ground and warned it could result in injuries and fatigue.
Mourinho has the week from hell ahead with a trip to St Mary’s on Sunday.
Then they face Leyton Orient in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday before flying to Macedonia the next day for their next European date.
Mourinho said: “This is a joke, this is a total joke, but here we go. We were very, very lucky that Leyton beat Plymouth because Plymouth would be very, very far for us.
“But at this moment we are in Bulgaria, Saturday we will be in Southampton, Wednesday we will be flying again to Macedonia and so on and so on.
“It’s quite dramatic but I would prefer to be in this competition so let’s fight until we can.
“I’m concerned with the players’ welfare, I’m concerned that injuries can happen.
“Everybody in every club is always concerned about the Christmas period and this is much more than the Christmas period.
“So when 20 clubs are concerned with the accumulation of matches around the Christmas fixtures then imagine what we feel in this moment. So, yes, we are concerned.
“But the people who make these decisions they forgot that one English team – not Tottenham – one English team could be us, could be Spurs, could be Wolves or Sheffield or another one. They forgot this situation is not possible.
“I don’t think it’s about people who make these decisions, it’s not about people not caring about players, I think it’s just the wrong people in the places.
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“It’s not people who understand anything about football, they have no idea.
“I’m pretty sure that if, in these committees, people who make these decisions, it’s football people, former coaches, former players.
“But I couldn’t believe that a decision at this level could be made.
“We don’t go home, everybody stays in the club, everybody stays in the club, tomorrow we start our recovery and it will be like this for that for days and days and it means sacrifices from everybody to go over this fixture period.”
But despite the daunting fixture list, Mourinho actually complained that he has TOO MANY players in his squad and with only three substitutes allowed and seven on the bench that he cannot keep them all happy.
Mourinho added: “To be honest, I don’t like the number of players I have at the moment in my squad. It’s very, very difficult to manage in every aspect of my job. Very, very difficult to manage this situation.
“I think it’s another brilliant decision to have seven players on the bench, the only country with that. I would like to understand why.”
Spurs packed schedule
Nine games in 21 days:
Sunday September 13 – Everton (h), Premier League, 430pm
Thursday September 17 – Lokomotiv Plovdiv (a), Europa League, 5pm
Sunday, September 20 – Southampton (a), Premier League, Noon
Tuesday, September 22 – Leyton Orient (a), Carabao Cup, 7.45pm
Thursday, September 24 – Europa League, qualifying round three, KO TBC
Sunday, September 27 – Newcastle (h), Premier League, 2pm
Tuesday, September 29 – Carabao Cup fourth round
Thursday, October 1 – Europa League play-off, KO TBC
Saturday, October 3 – Manchester United (subject to change for TV)
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