Lineker: Mourinho is right to complain about playing Liverpool on Sunday

Gary Lineker

Gary Lineker believes that Jose Mourinho is in the right over Chelsea having to play Sunday and then again on Wednesday.

Jose Mourinho has been moaning this week about the TV scheduling of his club’s fixture with Liverpool this weekend - as they face the Premier League leaders just three days before taking on Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-final second leg.

He told reporters:

"The fact that the match is on Sunday, I think that puts the problem not in my hands but in the hands of those who decide the game should be Sunday, not Saturday or Friday. We represent English football and are the only [English] team in European competition.”

But on this subject it is hard not to agree with Mourinho.

Last week Atletico had their game moved to the Friday so they could have the weekend to rest ahead of the game against Chelsea - while Real played on the Saturday to get plenty of time to relax before taking on Bayern Munich.

This weekend is much of the same.

Bayern Munich kick off at 14:30 today while Real Madrid play this evening. The only plus side is that Atletico, like Chelsea, are playing tomorrow afternoon.

But it would of course be preferential if Chelsea played the morning game today - giving them time to rest ahead of the Champions League tie. Of course this cannot happen, as the TV companies essentially decide the schedule and any request for a change would have come too late.

One man who agrees with Mourinho is Match of the Day presenter and former Tottenham striker Gary Lineker.

He said on Twitter this morning:

Luckily Atletico are playing tomorrow as well - so hopefully both will be at an equal level when they meet.

But it still highlights another problem with English football that needs to be eradicated.

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