​​Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has criticised the ​Premier League for the scheduling of his side’s match against ​Aston Villa on Sunday.

Spurs face Villa at 2pm on Sunday, barely 72 hours before their ​Champions League last-16 first leg at home to ​Bundesliga high-flyers RB Leipzig on Wednesday. Leipzig, by contrast, host Werder Bremen on Saturday afternoon.

Mourinho has already been critical of the scheduling that interfered with Spurs’ winter break which was cut short due to the FA Cup fourth-round replay against ​Southampton.

“Friday night, Leicester vs Wolves,” ​said Mourinho during his pre-match press conference.

“Why? Do they have a Champions League game next week? No. Not Leicester, not Wolves. Wolves have a Europa League game on Thursday. We are the team in England that plays a Champions League game on Tuesday; we don’t play Friday, we don’t play Saturday, we play Sunday. I don’t think it is normal.

“That’s the only thing I say – there is no care. They just chose what they want and they don’t think how they can hurt an English team. It’s a very difficult week for us, and then, of course, we would like to play Chelsea on the Sunday after Leipzig, but no [we play] on Saturday”.

Mourinho will make a return to Stamford Bridge just three days after Spurs’ European meeting with Leipzig, with his side taking on ​Chelsea on Saturday afternoon, another game which the boss believes has been irresponsibly scheduled.


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