23 November 2017
Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, has been lamenting his team’s busy schedule with particular reference to playing in faraway Baku on Wednesday and having to visit Liverpool on Saturday in the Premier League.
One person who is probably laughing at the whole thing from his closet is Tottenham manager, Mauricio Pochettino.
The Argentine gaffer says Tottenham’s rivals Chelsea are now beginning to realise the difficulty of balancing European football and a Premier League title challenge.
“Of course, now he’s feeling the same as we felt last season when you are a contender and competing in Europe – the Champions League and Europa League are the same, always it’s complicated,” the Argentine said.
“I think if you take the Europa League like Arsenal when you’re always rotating the team and playing with a different team in the Premier League then maybe you can arrive fresh and be a contender in the Premier League.
“If you want to win the Europa League and the Premier League or the Champions League and the Premier League, you need to be right how you rotate and manage your squad.”
This week Conte has criticised the Premier League of having a lack of respect for English sides in Europe, with Chelsea making a 5,000 mile round trip to Azerbaijan before heading to Liverpool 72 hours later.
Last season’s advantage
Having finished 10th in 2015-16, Conte had no European football to balance his side against as they won the title last year.