Tottenham should play on Mondays after Europa League, argues Pochettino

The Spurs boss feels that both his side and Everton are made to suffer by playing on both Thursday and Sunday and wants the Premier League to consider giving them extra rest
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino wants the Premier League to give his side an extra day's rest following Europa League matches.

Spurs have lost three of their four league games immediately following Europa League group fixtures this season as they struggle to juggle both competitions.

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Pochettino's men host Partizan on Thursday, before Everton - who also have the Europa League with which to contend - visit White Hart Lane on Sunday and the Argentine believes that the Premier League should consider moving matches back to Monday, to allow his players a further 24 hours' rest.

"Maybe it is a good idea," he told reporters. "For Sunday, we are in the same position as Everton. They play in Germany [at Wolfsburg] and we play at home.

"Yes, maybe it is a good idea to play Monday. Why not? One day more is good for the players to recover."

When asked if he felt that other administrations around Europe were more helpful towards their clubs, Pochettino replied: "Yes, yes, it is true. They look after the clubs who are involved in the international competition. I think it is a good idea maybe if you play Thursday and afterwards Monday.

"One day extra is very good for the players to recover because maybe you play in Turkey, Serbia or Greece and you arrive [home at] 4am.

"It changes your sleep and after it is Friday, you need to train, then Saturday, then Sunday you play at one o'clock. It is very difficult for the players."
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