Jose Mourinho ahead of his side’s match with CSKA Moscow (Getty)Jose Mourinho is understood to be furious with the Premier League fixture scheduling after Champions League away games which he believes puts his team at a disadvantage.
Manchester United play away against CSKA Moscow this week before a domestic encounter with Crystal Palace on Saturday at 3pm.
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It’s one of three quick turnarounds for his side after away Champions League games. But are Manchester United really worse off than the other Premier League sides involved in Europe’s elite competition?
Here, we take a look at the recovery times for Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Man City following their three Champions League group stage away games. We’ve also included Arsenal’s turnaround times in the Europa League.
Wed 27 Sep: CSKA Moscow
Sat 30 Sep: Crystal Palace – 3pm
Wed 18 Oct: Benfica
Sat 21 Oct: Huddersfield – 3pm
Wed 22 Nov: Basel
Sat 25 Nov: Brighton – 3pm
RECOVERY TIME: 195 hours
Tue 26 Sep: Spartak Moscow
Sun 1 Oct: Newcastle – 4.30pm
Tue 17 Oct: Maribor
Sun 22 Oct: Tottenham – 4pm
Tue 21 Nov: Sevilla
Sat 25 Nov: Chelsea – 5.30pm
RECOVERY TIME: 324 hours
Tue 26 Sep: Apoel
Sat 30 Sep: Huddersfield – 12.30pm
Tue 17 Oct: Real Madrid
Sun 22 Oct: Liverpool – 4pm
Tue 21 Nov: Borussia Dortmund
Sat 25 Nov: West Brom – 3pm
RECOVERY TIME: 289 hours 30 mins
Wed 27 Sep: Atletico Madrid
Sat 30 Sep: Man City – 5.30pm
Tue 31 Oct: Roma
Sun 5 Nov: Manchester United – 4.30pm
Wed 22 Nov: Qarabag (5pm KO)
Sat 25 Nov: Liverpool – 5.30pm
RECOVERY TIME: 252 hours 30 minutes
Wed 13 Sep: Feyenoord
Sat 16 Sep: Watford – 3pm
Wed 1 Nov: Napoli
Sun 5 Nov: Arsenal – 2.15pm
Wed 6 Dec: Shakhtar Donetsk
Sat 9 Dec: Man United – 3pm (likely to be moved)
RECOVERY TIME: 218 hours 15 mins
Arsenal (Europa League)
Thu 28 Sep: BATE Borisov (6pm KO)
Sun 1 Oct: Brighton – 12pm
Thu 19 Oct: Crvena Zvezda (6pm KO)
Sun 22 Oct: Everton – 1.30pm
Thu 23 Nov: Cologne (6pm KO)
Sun 26 Nov: Burnley – 2pm
RECOVERY TIME: 195 hours 30 mins
Mourinho seems to have a point – Manchester United’s recovery time of 195 hours is the lowest of all the sides in the Champions League. The difference with Liverpool, who have the most time at 324 hours, is understandably frustrating.
Mourinho must prepare his team for their match with Crystal Palace on Saturday (Getty)However, fellow title contenders Arsenal, who are in the Europa League, face an almost identical turnaround time while Man City have little more.
In addition, the quality of opposition after European away matches seems to have been neglected in Mourinho’s argument. His side take on bottom-of-the-league Crystal Palace and two promoted teams.
In contrast, Liverpool face Tottenham and Chelsea. Man City play Arsenal and Manchester United. But Chelsea have the toughest fixtures of all, with their away Champions League games followed by Man City, Manchester United and Liverpool.
Swings and roundabouts as they say.
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