Jose Mourinho explains why Jurgen Klopp has an advantage in the Premier League

by Leo Nieboer

Jose Mourinho has expressed his disapproval at seeing Liverpool play their Champions League game on Tuesday and Premier League game on Sunday whilst Manchester United face a Saturday afternoon kick off less than three days after their trip to Moscow.

Jurgen Klopp’s men could only muster a 1-1 draw on their visit to Spartak Moscow on Tuesday and will visit Newcastle on Sunday afternoon.

Man United, on the other hand, flew back to Manchester in the early hours of Thursday morning following their 4-1 win over CSKA Moscow ahead of a Saturday kick-off at home to Crystal Palace.

And Mourinho, speaking after the game, was quick to point out this unnecessary advantage for the Merseyside club.

“I didn’t see that [PlayStation football] as much, just a little bit of relaxation, a reaction by the home team with the normal pride to try to score, to try to have a different result and we just relaxed a little bit,” he said.

“We had a couple of good chances but I think it’s normal. We have a game on Saturday. Liverpool are luckier than us, they play Tuesday and Sunday, we have to play on Wednesday and on Saturday at 3pm. So I think it’s normal, a little bit of relaxation.”

Mourinho isn’t even having a dig here. Surely logic dictates that those who played on Tuesday feature on the following Saturday while those who play on Wednesday have their game on Sunday? Isn’t that just something we should never contest?

This falls under a wider umbrella of the FA’s continued determination to give Klopp an easy ride, with the media masking his team’s inadequacies by pointing towards the ‘passion’ he shows in the dugout, while Mourinho continues to be hounded and, in the case of the Southampton incident, sent off for something the former does every week.

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