Mourinho: Friday night lights would help ease Euro Blues

Jose Mourinho has questioned why football’s authorities are reluctant to alter the fixture schedule to accommodate English sides’ commitments in Europe.

Mourinho: Friday night lights would help ease Euro Blues

The Chelsea boss fails to understand why his side must play Aston Villa at 5.30pm tonight ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 second leg with Galatasaray, who played Karabukspor on Friday night due to their trip to London. The Portuguese is also at a loss to explain why Premier League title rivals Manchester City had to play Wigan in the FA Cup last Sunday, at Barcelona in Europe on Wednesday and in today’s early kick-off at Hull.

Mourinho was accused by Yaya Toure of being disrespectful for discussing other teams, but the City midfielder may agree this time.

“I really don’t understand why City play Saturday,” Mourinho said.

“And I’m speaking against me: I’d prefer them to play today (Friday), if possible.

“I’m trying to get this for all of us, not just me. I don’t understand why a team that comes from Europe, playing on Wednesday, must play (at) 12:45 on Saturday.

“I hope Yaya Toure doesn’t tell me to shut up, but I don’t understand why City have to play tomorrow at 12:45. Why don’t City play at 5:30 and we play at 12:45? If they play 5:30, they have one more day to recover and if we play 12:45 we have one more day to recover. Am I stupid? I think everybody agrees. Maybe Yaya doesn’t.

“If we played on Friday night, 7:45, it makes a difference to who? Less spectators at Villa Park? I don’t think so. It’d be a full house, the same.

“If it was the only match on TV, (audience) share would be fantastic. Would it be good for Chelsea? Yes. Would it be good for English football? Yes.”

Asked if Chelsea can win their remaining games, Mourinho said: “No. Every one of the nine matches we have is difficult and dangerous.”

Chelsea could have striker Fernando Torres back from a groin injury today.

Villa boss Paul Lambert meanwhile insists there is no grudge between himself and Mourinho despite their touchline spat earlier this season during Chelsea’s 2-1 win.

“We had a laugh and a joke about it afterwards,” said Lambert. “I saw him after the game and it was fine. I’m pretty sure it’ll be the same.”

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