Ajax coach dismisses Mourinho’s fixture complaints

Matt Stead

Ajax head coach Peter Bosz has dismissed Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho’s fixture complaints ahead of their meeting in the Europa League final.

Mourinho has made no secret of his dissatisfaction with United’s fixture pile-up, as they prepare for their biggest game of the season on May 24.

Silverware and Champions League qualification is the reward for the winner of the Europa League final later this month, but the Portuguese took time to air his complaints once more earlier this week.

“The accumulation of the games, I never had that,” he said. “You know that in all of my career I was never out of European competitions in the group phases. And in the last 16 I was out only once. So I reached the semi-finals 10 times.

“I go always until the end of the competitions. In the League Cup I normally go far. In the domestic competitions cups, I won in Spain, in Italy, in Portugal, so I normally have a lot of matches. But like this I never have.

“This situation of you play a final and the game that you should play that day is going to be postponed until the last week, for the last week! This is crazy. I never, ever have had a situation like this.”

The Europa League final will be Ajax’s fifth game in May, and they will head to Stockholm ten days after playing their latest fixtures.

United, by contrast, will play their seventh game of the month on May 24, and have two fixtures to contend with during Ajax’s ten-day rest. Their final Premier League game, against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford, is three days before the Europa final.

Bosz, Ajax’s head coach, insists the Dutch side face just as difficult a task however, considering Mourinho has been able to play “almost two different teams” throughout the season.

“If I only look at his line-ups and team formations all season, then he is playing with almost two different teams — one team for the Europa League and one for the Premier League,” he told Ajax’s official website.

“If those boys, which he is using for his European games, are not playing at the weekend in the Premier League, they have as much rest and exactly the same preparation time as my players —and look at the amount of players he has available to rotate.”