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Swansea City Boss Slams Festive Fixtures

Swansea City Boss Slams Festive Fixtures

Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers has branded the busy festive fixture scheduling as 'ridiculous' with 4 games to be played in 12 days.

Swansea's busy round of matches at the turn of the year begins on Wednesday night with a trip to Everton, before they host QPR 6 days later on Tuesday 27th December.

Then on Saturday, Spurs visit the Liberty Stadium before the Swans are back on the road to face Aston Villa on January 2nd 2012.

Brendan Rodgers and the team also have an FA Cup third round match to think about on January 7th.

Rodgers criticised the fixture scheduling, saying the organisers don't have a clue about 'conditioning':

'The people who put fixtures together do not have a clue about physical conditioning. For our game against Tottenham there will be one team and for the Monday game against Aston Villa there will have to be changes.

'We have games on Wednesday and next Tuesday so there is enough recovery time for me to go with same team, but the plan over four games has always had to be to change it.

'Football is a great tradition in Britain at this time of the year. It's great and fantastic for supporters to have such a number of games but if you look from a professional perspective, players have peaks themselves and they have not recovered from the exertions of the previous game.

'If we are having a normal recovery period from a game on a Saturday, the Sunday would be the first day of recovery and then the players really feel the effects of a game on the Monday, so they have a second day of recovery.

'They don't properly come back up to speed until the Tuesday because of the tempo of the modern game.


Rodgers continued and said his players won't have much time to recover between games:

'So for us on what would normally be a second day of recovery after we play Tottenham, we have to go and play another full on, high-tempo Premier League at Aston Villa.

'It's not ideal but it's the same for everyone else.

'I don't think we need a winter break, but we don't need the Monday game.

'They should play that game on the Tuesday or Wednesday or extend the season by a week.

'Or we could have a midweek game somewhere else in the season.

I can understand the New Year's Eve game but is there a need for the Monday game? I don't think there is. It's ridiculous.'






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Writer:VitalSwansea
Date:Tuesday December 20 2011
Time: 8:14PM

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