Jose Mourinho seemed unhappy at his Chelsea side having to play a Saturday game against Fulham after their long trip to and from Turkey to play Galatsaray in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
Speaking at his press conference ahead of Chelsea’s short trip to Craven Cottage, Mourinho explained the side hadn’t trained since they arrived back from Istanbul.
He also had a word of praise for his opposite number, Fulham manager Felix Magath, who has acknowledged the difficulties Chelsea face with a tie that involves so much travelling and playing on the Saturday
He said: “In a world where not many people are honest in the way they analyse things I have to praise Magath because he was the first one to say it’s a different match because Chelsea had this situation in midweek with the special situation that the match was so far.
“We don't play Sunday which would be difficult, we play Saturday which makes it even more difficult.
'It makes the players job difficult, I don't play so it's not a problem for me or the people that make the fixtures. We all prefer to play game after game, but we want to do it with conditions to recover and equal conditions for everyone."
Midfielder Frank Lampard has spoken out about the fixture scheduling, saying that ‘a bit of common sense’ should apply for sides that arrive back in the early hours of the morning following a European game. His manager said that when someone like Lampard speaks up about the situation then ‘the country should listen.’
The Chelsea manager also seemed to retain his position of his side in the title race, as they currently sit top with 11 games to go. Mourinho has played down his side’s chances of being crowned Champions for much of the season.
“We are top of the table because Man City has one match in hand, if they win that we’re not top of the league.”
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