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England’s players are going to be knackered again…

5 months ago, 3 Jan 13:16

By: Sarah Winterburn

England has chosen festive football over the World Cup I love festive football as much as the next fan. It’s traditional, it’s wonderful, it’s a huge selling point for the Premier League. But how many injuries were suffered as a result of the jam-packed schedule? How much fatigue is in the players limbs? These winter games were bloody tough this year – it’s never been faster, never been harder. Thanks to our teams much-improved performances in the Champions League, all of the major clubs will play a serious amount of fixtures this year. Either competing to get into next season’s UCL and fighting for trophies will mean the vast majority of our players will be looking at 60+ games this year. High intensity , fast-paced , pressure-laden games. Come the World Cup, they will be knackered *again*. Wonderful though Harry Kane is, for example, he was a shadow of himself at the Euros. It’s not hard to see it happening again. How much can Tottenham ever afford to rest him? How can any England manager have a chance when the schedule is this brutal? We’ve looked exhausted so often at the major tournaments, it’s got to be worth trying something different. Scrap the League Cup, put in a winter break, cut the Premiership down by two clubs, give our guys a chance. Reckon 50+ years of trying this schedule hasn’t worked, let’s give something else a bash. James, Liverpool   But England will win the World Cup In 2010, Spain won the World Cup whilst Pep Guardiola managed in Spain. In 2014, Germany won the World Cup whilst Guardiola managed in Germany. In 2018, Guardiola manages in England. You heard it here first. George, SWFC (fully expect some people to take this seriously)   Not wanting your club to buy the title Ross THFC hit a proverbial nail right on the head in yesterdays mailbox and it got me pondering what I value in football. The wages on offer to players (and top dollar paid to sign them) are entirely out of whack and Spurs (and to a lesser extent my beloved Arsenal) are facing up hill battles to stick to wage structures and chase competitiveness on multiple fronts. What annoys me about the rhetoric surrounding Arsenal is an extension of this – the assertion that Arsenal have stuck to their disciplined wage structure through the stadium repayment years and now we should be breaking the bank and paying even more obscene money to achieve glory. But the world we are competing in has changed since 2006 and nobody predicted by 2018 there would be regular transfer fees approaching/over £100m and wages over £250,000 being casually discussed. Not to get all misty eyed, but when I fell in love with football it was with gritty results forged against the odds, intensely loyal and passionate players facing off, beautiful football ‘done right’ and youngsters come good. Not discussing the money that changes hands for a player, or how much he’s paid. ...
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England’s players are going to be knackered again…

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By: Sarah Winterburn
England has chosen festive football over the World Cup I love festive football as much as the next fan. It’s traditional, it’s wonderful, it’s a huge selling point for the Premier League. But how many injuries were suffered as a result of the jam-packed schedule? How much fatigue is in the players limbs? These winter games were bloody tough this year – it’s never been faster, never been harder. Thanks to our teams much-improved performances in the Champions League, all of the major clubs will play a serious amount of fixtures this year. Either competing to get into next season’s UCL and fighting for trophies will mean the vast majority of our players will be looking at 60+ games this year. High intensity , fast-paced , pressure-laden games. Come the World Cup, they will be knackered *again*. Wonderful though Harry Kane is, for example, he was a shadow of himself at the Euros. It’s not hard to see it happening again. How much can Tottenham ever afford to rest him? How can any England manager have a chance when the schedule is this brutal? We’ve looked exhausted so often at the major tournaments, it’s got to be worth trying something different. Scrap the League Cup, put in a winter break, cut the Premiership down by two clubs, give our guys a chance. Reckon 50+ years of trying this schedule hasn’t worked, let’s give something else a bash. James, Liverpool   But England will win the World Cup In 2010, Spain won the World Cup whilst Pep Guardiola managed in Spain. In 2014, Germany won the World Cup whilst Guardiola managed in Germany. In 2018, Guardiola manages in England. You heard it here first. George, SWFC (fully expect some people to take this seriously)   Not wanting your club to buy the title Ross THFC hit a proverbial nail right on the head in yesterdays mailbox and it got me pondering what I value in football. The wages on offer to players (and top dollar paid to sign them) are entirely out of whack and Spurs (and to a lesser extent my beloved Arsenal) are facing up hill battles to stick to wage structures and chase competitiveness on multiple fronts. What annoys me about the rhetoric surrounding Arsenal is an extension of this – the assertion that Arsenal have stuck to their disciplined wage structure through the stadium repayment years and now we should be breaking the bank and paying even more obscene money to achieve glory. But the world we are competing in has changed since 2006 and nobody predicted by 2018 there would be regular transfer fees approaching/over £100m and wages over £250,000 being casually discussed. Not to get all misty eyed, but when I fell in love with football it was with gritty results forged against the odds, intensely loyal and passionate players facing off, beautiful football ‘done right’ and youngsters come good. Not discussing the money that changes hands for a player, or how much he’s paid. ...
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