Thomas Tuchel ‘would be very angry’ if Leicester City and Arsenal abused Premier League rules
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel would be “very, very angry” if Leicester City and other clubs had twisted the Premier League rules to get games postponed.
The Champions League-winning manager had his say on the matter after more requests for matches to be called off were submitted.
City will no longer play Burnley on Saturday after the Clarets were left short of players, the postponement coming a few days after Leicester themselves asked for their trip to Everton to be called off.
They only had eight senior players available for the match against the Toffees, and so their request was granted, but there was controversy around it because it was not Covid that had decimated Brendan Rodgers’ squad, but rather injuries.
Arsenal have now requested for the North London derby with Tottenham to be called off this weekend, and again, injuries are the principal issue.
Asked about Leicester and Arsenal potentially abusing the rules set out by the Premier League to get matches postponed, Tuchel said: “I strongly, strongly hope that’s not the case. Otherwise I would be very, very angry.
“Because we are doing everything to make games happen, and we were made to play when we thought we should maybe not.
“So I can only strongly hope that the rules are the same rules for everybody.”
Brendan Rodgers has defended City requesting that their trip to Everton be called off, outlining that many of the injuries in the squad were caused by Covid.
The club were unable to rotate during the festive period because they had a number of players isolating, and that led to muscle problems in those that had to keep playing.
Rodgers also said that while he is willing to play some young players to fill the gaps, he is not going to throw them in unless they are physically and mentally ready for the Premier League for fear of exposing them to too much too soon and damaging their future career prospects.