Speaking in his pre-Europa League match against Norwegian side Tromso, Tottenham manager Andre Vilas-Boas has expressed his concern at the lack of sufficient rest for his players.
Tottenham play three games in the space of six days in the next week, facing Tromso on Thursday before a trip to Cardiff on Sunday and Aston Villa in the League Cup on Tuesday. He has confirmed he will need to rotate his squad for the game against Aston Villa:
“How can a game be scheduled after two days? [It is] putting the players’ careers at risk and the risk of injuries.
“Our squad is big and the rotation that we can do allows us to be strong for the game against Villa. It is nothing new in English football. Other things have to respected, like televised games and fixtures organisation.”
Vilas-Boas has also criticised the FA and Premier League for scheduling games so close together, saying that the risk of injury to players should be the most important thing to consider:
“I find it incredible that we have to risk injuries to our players in a game we play on Tuesday. The second day of recovery for a player is the most dangerous day for them to pick up an injury. If this is not taken into account, this is bad.
“If the players expressed their worries more . . . normally the authorities prevent these things from happening but the reality is that the risk of injury is tremendous because the pace of the game has changed so much."
Vilas-Boas' Tottenham side have won all of their opening fixtures this season other than a 1-0 defeat away at Arsenal, and they kick off their Europa League campaign on Thursday. Along with Thursday's opponents Tromso, Spurs are up against Moldovan side Sheriff Tiraspol and financially unstable Anzhi Makhachkala, who sold Brazilian playmaker Willian to Chelsea after completing a medical with Spurs.