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Jose Mourinho hits out at Chelsea fixture congestion

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has hit out at Chelsea's fixture list, and bemoaned the fact that the Premier League are unwilling to move their weekend fixtures to suit those in European competitions.

The Blues battled to a 1-1 draw with Galatasaray on Wednesday - and are now back in England preparing for their Premier League encounter against Fulham tomorrow.

Mourinho has bemoaned the lack of rest for his players, and says that it is hindering his Chelsea side's chances of success this season.

"We all prefer to play game after game after game - but we all want to play game after game after game with equal conditions for every team,” said the Special One.

"Every team in the same country has the same privilege to be a little bit protected in relation to European matches.

"It makes the players' job difficult - not my job. I don't play. I could play a match every day and it's not problem for me or the people who make the fixtures."

Mourinho was speaking after veteran Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard hit out at the fixture pile-up, calling on the Premier League to arrange games around those who play in Europe in mid-week.

"Frank Lampard has a right to speak. He's played an unbelievable number of seasons with this club,” the Chelsea boss added.

"He's played more than 100 matches with the England side. He's not a man that normally speaks a lot.

"He's not the kind of player who is trying to show an opinion.

"When a player like him, and a man like him, express his feelings like that I think this country should listen

"It's not a problem for my legs, it's not a problem for legs of people who make this decision, it's the players' legs."

"I am nobody and my legs are fresh after the last match.

"I didn't sleep a lot but my legs are fresh. For players it's different."

Chelsea have a mid-week break after the game against Fulham, before taking on Tottenham the following weekend and their second leg against Galatasaray. at Stamford Bridge.

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