Villas-Boas slams packed Tottenham schedule

Spurs are faced with three games in the space of six days, with Tromso, Cardiff City and Aston Villa are all in their path, and the manager believes that it puts careers at risk
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has slammed English football authorities for the club's packed schedule, fearing that it could endanger players' careers.

Spurs prepare to play Tromso in the Europa League on Thursday, Cardiff City in the Premier League on Sunday and Aston Villa in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday, all within six days of each other.

With other Capital One Cup games due to be played on Wednesday, the Portuguese "can't understand" why his side would be forced into an even more difficult fixture list than they already faced.

"How can a game be scheduled after two days, immediately putting the players' careers at risk and the risk of injuries?" Villas-Boas fumed to reporters.

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"I can't understand the reasons why our game against Aston Villa for the Capital One Cup was chosen to be on Tuesday, bearing in mind the other fixtures, but I find it absolutely incredible that we have to risk injuries to our players in a game that we play on that Tuesday.

"So this amount of fixtures forces us to make some changes in the team but we take the competition very, very seriously and we will be very, very strong."

But the Football League argues that it had no other choice with its fixture planning as two of Villa's local rivals are set to host matches on Wednesday against other Premier League clubs, who also play on Sunday - Birmingham City will host Swansea City, while West Brom welcome Arsenal to the Hawthorns.

"There is a fixture congestion issue caused by three Midlands clubs being at home to sides playing on Sunday in the Premier League," a Football League spokesman explained.

"In an ideal world, all three games would be played on the Wednesday night but, for crowd safety reasons, it is not possible."