Chelsea manager Mourinho wants Friday night football

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said that English clubs involved in European competition should be able to play some domestic matches on a Friday night.

Speaking on BBC Sport, the Portuguese said, "If we played on Friday night, it makes a difference to who? It'd be a full house, the same.”

"If it was the only match on TV, the (audience) share would be fantastic.”

Indeed, with TV viewing figures being generally higher on Friday evenings, revenues generated from advertising would be increased.

"Would it be good for Chelsea? Yes. Would it be good for English football? Yes,” he continued.

As a result of a busy domestic schedule for the Blues, their Champions League opponents, Galatasaray, have an extra 24 hours to prepare for the crucial round-of-16 second-leg tie.

The two sides drew 1-1 in the first leg, played on 26th February.

The former Real Madrid and Inter Milan manager went on to point towards Manchester City’s crowded fixture list being unfair.

"I really don't understand why City play Saturday," Mourinho said. "And I'm speaking against me: I would prefer them to play on Friday, if possible.

"I'm trying to get this for all of us, not just me. I don't understand why a team that comes from Europe, playing on Wednesday, must play at 12:45 on Saturday.

"Why don't City play at 17:30 and we play at 12:45?"

Chelsea are ahead of their title rivals by 9 points, but Manchester City have three games in hand.

Therefore, despite sitting top of the table, Chelsea appear to be in a more precarious position than Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City.

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