Old Trafford

Next Game

Man Utd v Chelsea

Sunday, 26 October 2014, 16:00

Barclays Prem

Stamford Bridge

Last Game

Chelsea 6 - 0 Maribor

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 19:45

Champions League Group G

RDM fumes at Premier League

Roberto Di Matteo has blasted the Premier League over a scheduling issue he believes could severely hamper Chelsea.

Last Updated: 11/11/12 at 15:45 Post Comment

Roberto Di Matteo: Had hoped to see Sunderland fixture moved

Roberto Di Matteo: Had hoped to see Sunderland fixture moved

The European champions had asked for their 8th December clash with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light to be moved in order to allow them to travel early to Japan for the Club World Cup.

But that request has been denied, leaving a fuming Di Matteo to moan that Chelsea will not have enough time to acclimatise to the time difference ahead of their semi-final on 13th December.

The Italian said: "You would think that the Premier League would have every interest in making sure that they give you the best chance to be successful in Japan, which would reflect very, very well on English football and the Premier League. So, I'm very surprised about it.

"I just can't my head round it.

"To give yourself the best chance travelling to Japan, with a nine hour time difference, arriving three days before, you will need to do everything in your power to be able to ready for those games.

"The tournament starts on the sixth so the team we play in the semi-finals will have been there already for a week.

"It's a big risk in terms of health, injury risk for the players too."

The Italian added: "The fixture list is obviously very full. But where there's a will, there's a way.

"You see all the other federations trying to help their teams to do well in Europe."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e doesn't need a caoch. He needs a bus. A bloody big one, that he can park across the goal line. And when he gets one, he can do us a favour and let us know where we can buy one from as well.

HarryBoulton
Rodgers: No defence coach

Y

ou are wrong Per, thats the right way the play. Its everyone elses' fault that it doesnt work.

delboy
Mertesacker urges style change

A

s it's panto season coming soon, let me be the first Oh yes you do

munchie
Rodgers: No defence coach

Footer 365

La Liga: Carlo Ancelotti praises 'professional' Real Madrid after 3-1 Barcelona win

Carlo Ancelotti praised Real Madrid's "unique professionalism" after they came from a goal down to beat Barcelona.

Premier League: Mauricio Pochettino says Alan Pardew deserves more respect

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits it is tough not to feel sorry for Newcastle counterpart Alan Pardew.

La Liga: Luis Enrique stands by Luis Suarez selection after Barcelona defeat

Luis Enrique defended his decision to start Luis Suarez against Real Madrid after his team slumped to a 3-1 defeat.

Mail Box

'Goals Like That Can Make You Pregnant'

Those being sniffy about Erik Lamela's rabona are given short shrift in the afternoon mailbox, where criticism of Brendan Rodgers is smashed out of the park...

Does David De Gea Need Competition?

It would certainly be a good idea to give Victor Valdes a contract, while we have more mails on Brendan Rodgers, Arsene Wenger, the rabona and mailbox gripes...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property