Fixtures dont get readjusted to aid English clubs who play in Europe. It is a widespread concern among the top Premier League clubs and yet again another Premier League Champions League club is in the thick of the issue. Tottenham Hotspurs have had 17 hours less than Dortmund to prepare for their round of 16 clash with Dortmund.
Spurs played a high octane North London Derby on Saturday whilst their German opponents were recovering from their match against Augsburg on Friday night.
“It’s strange that no-one has said anything about that,” said Pochettino.
“It’s impossible that one team has 24 hours more to prepare. It’s massive.”
The Spurs boss continued: “We need help from the FA, we need help from the Premier League.
“I don’t know whose fault it is. I don’t know whether it is the FA, the Premier League, the club or the TV [who] wanted the matches to be on those days.”
The Argentinean manager talked about the need for a top drawer performance in Germany.
“We all agree that first of all we need to perform on Tuesday,” said Pochettino. “It is going to be tough, we need to forget the first leg, that must be our approach.
“I think we need to play like always, try to win. We cannot think about the first leg. It’s so important to start the game at a good level and be aggressive. That is key.”
This brings us to an essential talking point that is pulling English club behind in the race for continental dominance. Another unanswered question remains lurking – Is the Premier League slave to mega money media outlets?