Rose admits he was shocked by Champions League preparations

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Danny Rose admitted he was shocked when he heard that Dutch football officials had taken the decision to cancel a full round of Eredivisie fixtures before Ajax meet Tottenham in the Champions League semi-finals.

Ajax were set to play De Graafschap on Sunday, 28 April, then travel to Spurs for the first leg on Tuesday, 30 April.

The Dutch FA, the KNVB, said the decision to cancel top-flight fixtures was taken to give Ajax “at least two full days of rest between games”.

Spurs will face West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday lunchtime while the Ajax players get the opportunity to rest ahead of the semi-final.

Rose believes that the Premier League should have done more to give both Spurs and Liverpool the best possible opportunity to prepare for the prestigious European competition for the good of English football.

He told The Sun: “I could not believe it when I heard that is what the Dutch are doing.

“When you get to this stage of the season, a bit of fatigue kicks in and every little helps.

“It would be nice if the people in England took a similar stance and helped us.”

Rose added: “Ultimately, it is not Tottenham against Ajax or Liverpool against Barcelona, it’s England.


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