Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham face an “unfair” schedule as it was confirmed the Londoners will be forced to play four games in nine days at the end of October going into November.
The ongoing stadium delays saw Spurs’ Premier League meeting with Manchester City – which will take place at Wembley – pushed back 24 hours to October 29th, a Monday night.
In the same week, Tottenham will face West Ham United in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup on either the Wednesday or Thursday night before a Saturday night trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League.
Three days later, on Tuesday November 3, Spurs take on PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League at Wembley, their fourth game in the space of nine days.
Speaking ahead of Wednesday night’s Champions League clash with Barcelona, Pochettino blasted the scheduling.
“The circumstances this season are so tough,” said the Argentinian (via the Telegraph).
“Look what is going to happen in the Carabao Cup. We are going to play Monday in Wembley against Manchester City and then we must play on Wednesday or Thursday, and then we must play Saturday and Tuesday in the Champions League.
“That is completely unfair for a team that wants to win some titles. Of course, we need to deal with that and that is why this will be the most difficult season for us.”
Pochettino will be hoping a number of first-team players who have ruled out until after the international break with injuries – including Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli – will be available to him for those games.