Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho has said that since before a ball had been kicked, the 2020-21 Premier League season was “wrong,” alleging unfairness in the fact that both Manchester teams started their campaigns with a game in hand.
The global coronavirus outbreak has forced governing bodies to squeeze matches into a shorter period in a full-term value, with a covid-enforced break mid-2020 seeing last season spill over as the Premier League struggled to play the remaining matches.
Coupled with that, for the already postponed 2020-21 campaign, European duties saw Manchester United and Manchester City return late and Mourinho claims that having an extra game to play meant that the season was already in disarray before it had even begun.
“With special circumstances, it’s a special season,” the Spurs manager told a press conference on Friday. We have to say it’s going to be fair because it’s best not to get involved if it’s not. I assume that right before the season began, it immediately began in the wrong direction. And it’s an immediate error to start the season with two clubs holding a match in hand.
The season began in September and we were only told in the last week of December when these two matches were going to be played. It’s about several other matches now, or a few more. There’s a lot of stuff that’s not perfect, but that’s what it is, that’s what you can get. When you think that it is fair or that it is not fair, we have to say that it is fair.
Another of the gripes of Mourinho was the fact that his team’s recent match against covid-hit Fulham was postponed less than three hours before kick-off, a move that the Portuguese called “unprofessional” because of the tardy way it was dealt with affecting its players.