Pochettino wants more rest between European and Premier League matches

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With Tottenham’s recent run of form, Mauricio Pochettino has desperately tried to reason why his team has struggled.

First he said the pitch at White Hart Lane was too small. Now he’s calling for more rest for his players.

Spurs are currently competing in the Europa League which has matches midweek on Thursdays, giving players a quick turnaround before weekend matches in the Premier League.

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Pochettino has called out the FA, saying other countries do more to help their teams competing in Europe. The Spurs boss believes teams playing midweek should be given an extra day of rest, holding their Premier League matches on Mondays rather than the weekend.

I think it is a good idea to play on a Monday after playing in Europe.

One day more is very good for the player because maybe you play in Turkey, Serbia or Greece and you arrive (back in London) 4 a.m. and it changes your sleep and after you need to train on Friday and Saturday and on Sunday you play at 1 p.m. It is very difficult of the player.

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Although Spurs can advance to the knockout rounds of the Europa League with a win over Partizan Belgrade tomorrow, their troubles have been in returning to Premier League action. Tottenham leads the Premier League with four home losses, all four of those losses coming after midweek Europa League matches.

Luckily for Pochettino and Tottenham, they take on Everton this weekend, who also have a Europa League match Thursday evening.