Jamie Carragher has suggested the three-week break between the end of the Premier League campaign and the Champions League final benefits Tottenham more than Liverpool.
Spurs and Liverpool finished fourth and second in the Premier League respectively, both qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
But the ultimate prize is winning this year’s competition in Madrid on June 1st, and Carragher believes the three-week break could hand the advantage to Tottenham in that regard.
The Londoners struggled with injuries towards the end of the campaign, with Harry Winks and Harry Kane both missing the last few matches.
However, it looks like Spurs will go into the final with a fully fit squad, something Carragher thinks the break has helped Mauricio Pochettino’s side with.
“No-one’s been able to give me a reason why the Champions League is three weeks after the league campaign,” Carragher told the Anfield Wrap podcast (via the Daily Mail).
“That’s p***ed me off a little bit that to be honest. I think it probably helps Spurs more than us, I would say.
“I think they’ve got bigger injury problems than us, certainly with Harry Kane, Harry Winks, other little knocks they had towards the end of the season. It gives you an extra week to be fit.
“I think we’re in much better form than Tottenham in 2019 and a longer break will not help that, really, in some ways.
“You do worry because you lose a bit of that rhythm that Liverpool have had the way they’ve been playing.
“I don’t think Tottenham are in great form. I know they got through and it’s unbelievable what they’ve done, I love Pochettino, but they’re not in great form so a longer break will help them forget the bad form and focus on this one game.”
Tottenham could also have Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez back, giving Pochettino the chance to line up with a back three.
A back four is more likely, though, with Winks and Moussa Sissoko in midfield behind four attacking players.
No hes chatting rubbish and making excuses for when they lose
hilarious excuses ‘already’ COYS
Yes he is admitting without injuries, the full strength squad of Spurs will trounce a fully fit Liverpool.