Date:Friday April 25 2008
On the eve of our Stamford Bridge showdown, Fergie, somewhat bafflingly, blast the Premier League.
I agreed with him last season when he criticised the league and Man City for not agreeing to move the game at the Eastlands to Sunday, therefore we were forced to play just three days after our exhaustive tie at Milan, and at lunchtime.
This time, though, I do not exactly understand how the schedule could be any better for us.
'The fixture is not fair in terms of the timing between the two games,' Fergie complained.
'Chelsea had a Tuesday fixture followed by a Wednesday one, so they have four days to get themselves ready for both games. There is no question that is a big advantage because, unfortunately, all we have are 60 hours.'
Yes but how could we had more? UEFA's policy of scheduling is well known: a team play on the Tuesday one week then on the Wednesday the next. We had five days rest before the Barcelona game and we knew we'll have less this time. It's unfortunate but what the Premier League could do?
They could switch the game to tea-time, I agree - it would probably generate a better atmosphere, too. But would that significantly increase our time to rest and prepare? No, only by a mere four hours. Switching it to Sunday is out of the question as we have to play a Champions League game on Tuesday.
So, nothing to do. It reminds me of Mourinho having the same complaints last year though at least Fergie was not such a hypocrite as the Portuguese who conveniently forgot that Tottenham were forced to play at them in a Saturday lunchtime after having a UEFA Cup game on Thursday night...
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