Spiky Mourinho makes stern demand over ‘crazy’ Spurs fixture pile-up

Jose Mourinho says that he wants clarity as soon as possible about Tottenham’s unscheduled fixtures in order to avoid a pile-up like they had in September.

Spurs have a game in hand on some other Premier League teams after a coronavirus outbreak at Fulham postponed last Wednesday’s clash between the sides.

But Tottenham could end up having to slot the match in later in the season when fighting on three other fronts.

Indeed, they remain in the Europa League and face Brentford in the Carabao Cup semi-finals on Tuesday. What’s more, they have yet to enter the FA Cup.

Spurs ended up cramming in seven fixtures in September, including two Europa League qualifying rounds. As such, Mourinho does not want a similar scenario to crop up again.

“I would like to know when we play against Fulham, of course I would like to know that,” the manager said.

“I refuse to speak about the Carabao Cup final because maybe Brentford are playing in it and not us.

“But I would like to know when we will play against Fulham, refusing totally to be punished by congested, crazy fixtures like we were at the beginning of the season.

“At the beginning of the season you can cope a little bit with people who forgot Tottenham could be in that situation of playing a Europa League play-off. So, I’m waiting.”

Should Spurs beat Brentford, they will contest the Carabao Cup final in April. The EFL made the decision to push the final clash back from February in the hope of having as many fans as possible at the game.

Spurs not alone with fixture concerns

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However, Tottenham are not the only team facing uncertainty about fixtures.

Aston Villa have two games in hand, including their opening-weekend clash against Manchester City, who received more time off after last season’s late finish.

Villa also missed their match with Newcastle due to the Magpies’ coronavirus outbreak. The Premier League has also yet to reschedule City’s clash with Everton.

Fulham are the fourth team with two games in hand; as well as the match with Spurs, their Covid-19 cases forced their tie with Burnley to be called off.

Burnley will play their clash with Manchester United next Tuesday.

Mourinho admitted elsewhere in his pre-match press conference that the game with Brentford is his “biggest” since joining Spurs. The club has not won a trophy since 2008.

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