‘It isn’t showing any care for players’ physical welfare’: Tottenham’s Eric Dier hits out at jam-packed schedule as they face playing nine games in 22 days, claiming calendar does not consider player safety
- Tottenham have real depth to their squad but it will be tested, says Eric Dier
- Spurs could play nine domestic and European matches in space of three weeks
- Midfielder Eric Dier says the hectic schedule gives little thought to player safety
Tottenham have real depth to their squad this season but it will be tested to the fullest by an upcoming schedule which midfielder Eric Dier says gives little thought to player safety.
Spurs, who opened their Premier League campaign with a 1-0 loss to Everton on Sunday, could play nine domestic and European matches in the space of three weeks.
‘I think there’s fantastic depth throughout the squad and the manager has emphasised that if we want to be successful and win games, it’s all about the squad and that squad performing,’ Dier said.
Eric Dier (centre) says Tottenham’s hectic schedule gives little thought to player safety
‘But if you look at the schedule, it isn’t showing any care for players’ physical welfare. It’s common sense really, trying to ask someone to play Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday.
‘It doesn’t seem like there is any care for players’ welfare in that situation.’
Tottenham kick-start their Europa League campaign later when they face Lokomotiv Plovdiv in Bulgaria in the second qualifying round of the competition.
Jose Mourinho’s side could play nine domestic and European matches in space of three weeks
Jose Mourinho’s side will then return to England and make the trip south to Southampton on Sunday.
Two days later they visit Leyton Orient in the third round of the Carabao Cup and if then secure victory in Bulgaria they will place in either Macedonia or Romania 48 hours after.
Spurs welcome Newcastle in the Premier League on Sunday, September 27 and if they progress will play a Carabao Cup fourth-round tie on Tuesday, September 29 and a Europa League play-off two days later. Their hectic schedule concludes with a trip to Manchester United on October 4.
Tottenham kick-start their Europa League campaign later when they face Lokomotiv Plovdiv
Last week manager Mourinho admitted he is ‘depressed’ by Tottenham’s jam-packed calendar.
‘If I think too much about it I will get depressed,’ he said. ‘I want to go into every match with a smile, but I asked my boys which of them thinks they can play all these nine matches for 90 minutes and nobody told me, “I can”.
‘So we all are very, very aware that it is impossible to do it. It is not human. In the end, we end up asking who are the illuminated people making these decisions? I would like to know because in this moment they hide.
‘Who makes a team play Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday, Tuesday again, Thursday again, Sunday again? Do they want us to play with the youth team in the Carabao Cup? Do they want us? That’s my question.’