Harry Redknapp has blasted the decision to have an international week just a week before the Premier League campaign begins.
England play Hungary on August 11th, with Spurs set to take on Manchester City on August 14th. Redknapp also has a pre-season friendly against Benfica on Tuesday before a game against Fiorentina on 7th August.
To add to the congestion Spurs face a UEFA Champions League qualifier in mid-August.
It’s baffling to think why the FA would organise a friendly just days before the new season kicks off, surely they want the season to start with a bang and for all of the top stars to be 100% – especially those who have featured at the World Cup in South Africa.
“It’s crazy,” he told a press conference after the defeat to Villarreal. “We pile more games in. The last thing we need really is to be playing games.
“We need to train. I need to get the players on the training pitch because all we do is play and recover.
“I didn’t want this game tonight. Too many games have been scheduled and it’s a problem.”
He added: “Can someone tell me why we have an international week on the week of the season starting?
“They have just been away as a group together to the World Cup. They have come home, they’re probably sick of the sight of each other.
“Now they are going to have an international week before we play the first game of the season and then we play a Champions League qualifier.
“I won’t see those players from the Saturday night until the Friday before we play Manchester City. I won’t see them once, not once.
“How can that be a way to prepare for the start of the season?”
Redknapp continued: “There will probably be one or two players left at the training ground for the whole week before we play Manchester City.
“Why? What is the point in it? A meaningless (international) friendly for what reason?”
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