Son Heung-min has remarked that players cannot complain too much about fixture congestion this season, given that they are all living their dreams.
The fixture list has proven to be a nightmare for a lot of teams this season, particularly for those involved in European competitions, as the World Cup is set to be played in the middle of the campaign rather than in the summer.
Tottenham have ten matches over the next month before the mid-season break for the World Cup, including Premier League, Champions League and EFL Cup clashes, which essentially means that Antonio Conte’s men have a game every three days.
West Ham star Declan Rice recently hit out at the ‘obscene’ nature of the fixture list that the authorities have put together (Daily Mail).
While Son admitted that it is hard to travel to different grounds and play every few days, he explained that he does not forget playing at the top level was always his dream.
When asked about the fixture congestion, the Tottenham man said (via The Sun): “It is hard, to be honest. Travelling and being away from home, it’s not easy. But we’re born to do this and everyone dreams about it so we don’t have time to complain.
“When you think about, when you’re a kid what was your dream? Probably everyone is going to say playing in the Premier League. So we’re living the dream and we can never forget these moments.
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“I know there are tired moments and it’s mentally and physically really, really difficult. But we were born to do this, we love to do this and we should enjoy it.
“Obviously the more you enjoy it, the more happiness will be here. I know it’s tough moments but we should bring more happiness and it will be more enjoyable.”
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Son’s point is a fair one, as there are many more difficult jobs out there. However, having said that, the authorities should be ashamed of the fixture list they are produced as they have purely been motivated by monetary reasons.
Having such a congested fixture list denies us fans the chance of seeing all these world-class athletes at their best as it is impossible for these players to recover fully with such a short break in between matches.