Mourinho questions late-season Premier League scheduling, “fake table”


Mind you he doesn’t have any solutions to proffer, but The Special One is questioning whether there isn’t a way to amend the Premier League’s late-season scheduling to put all teams on equal footing.

Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea squad is second on the table right now to Liverpool, but both clubs have played two more matches than third-place Manchester City. Sitting four points back of the first spot, City is essentially in the driver’s seat even with an extra-congested schedule.

There are problems at the bottom of the table as well, if you consider them problems. Sunderland sits in last, seven points away from safety. However, due to extensive Cup runs, the Black Cats have nine more available points than four teams ahead of them, and six more available than the others.

“The table is again fake. The table is again with lots of matches in hand. You look to the top part of the table and, some teams, they have more matches than others. You look to the relegation area and it’s exactly the same. In the top of the league we cannot say we need X points to be champions.

“This, in the best league in the world, I don’t think is the best image we are giving and it’s not the best situation. To play matches in hand in the last week of the season, I don’t think is adapted to this top football country. We depend too much on other results.”

Obviously, he’s correct in that it’s not an ideal situation but Europe and multiple Cup runs will always make scheduling a troubling endeavor.