Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino believes it is unfair that Ajax have extra time to prepare for their Champions League semi-final first-leg clash on Tuesday.

The KNVB have postponed this weekends Eredivisie action due to their inability to move Ajax’s clash with De Graafschap, which was due to take place on Sunday, two days before their Champions League first-leg in London.

The KNVB had originally wanted to move the game to Friday evening, but due to security fears that wasn’t possible.

Tottenham will play West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday lunchtime and their boss Mauricio Pochettino isn’t happy that Ajax have more time to prepare than them.

He told his press conference on Friday, “I know the Premier League and FA have tried to help but it’s true, the Premier League is completely different to the Dutch league. Football in Europe is completely different to England.

“The reality is they are going to have more time to prepare and avoid risk. When you play Saturday and Tuesday, and the game on Saturday is a derby, playing for big things, the concentration and effort is massive. You can have some problems.

“The fact is I think it’s not fair. If it was the opposite where we had one week to prepare for the semi-final and Ajax play Saturday, I would think the same, that it’s not fair for them.

“I don’t want to create a debate. The fact is, playing a Champions League semi-final, both teams must have the same time to prepare.”




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