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He had said so several times as a Chelsea manager as well, last season at Manchester United was no different, and obviously his stance on the subject wouldn’t change this season, with United playing the Champions League.
Other countries protect their clubs. For example, Benfica played Friday. We always did that in Portugal and Italy. Paris Saint-Germain played Friday. That happens all the time
Jose Mourinho told reporters ahead of his team’s home game against Basel, on the opening day of the Champions League group stage.
But no complaining. We have a squad, if you see the players are tired then you have to play others
the Portuguese said, reiterating his belief that the scheduling in England makes things just too difficult for the Premier League clubs to do well in the Champions (or the Europa) League.
The only thing I can say is that Real Madrid last year played the last month in La Liga with the second team. They could do it and they arrived at the Champions League final with a fresh team. Juventus were champions in Italy three months in advance and could arrive fresh for the quarter-finals, semi-finals, final. For English teams, normally, that’s impossible. There’s no winter break, like in other countries, although I have to admit that I love the Christmas period in English football
the Man United manager also said, admitting at least that he does love the football Christmas period in England.