‘Are you serious?’ – Mourinho has little sympathy for Fulham after fixture change

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Jose Mourinho
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Tottenham Hotspur head coach, Jose Mourinho has revealed little sympathy for Fulham after the clubs’ Premier League fixture was rearranged this week.

Fulham were given just 48 hours notice that they would be playing Tottenham tomorrow evening, with Spurs’ original game against Aston Villa called off.

Villa had suffered an outbreak of COVID-19 cases within their camp, forcing them to both close their training ground and field youngsters against Liverpool in the FA Cup.

Fulham suffered from a similar problem back in December when their match against Spurs was called off due to positive COVID-19 results.

With both the Cottagers and the Lilywhites now having a free mid-week slot available, the Premier League decided to reschedule the game for tomorrow night at 20:15.

When asked whether he had any sympathy for Fulham, who had otherwise been preparing to face Chelsea on Friday, Mourinho was confused by the question. The Spurs boss pointed towards the fact that his side were only told about the original postponement on the day.

He said (Dan Kilpatrick): “Are you serious? They had 48 hours to prepare for this game. Look, I had the news that I was not going to play them two hours before the game started.

“The biggest impact is to have matches postponed. The changing of the order of the matches, the impact is minimal I would say. In the end, you have to play 19 matches at home and 19 away.”

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