Pochettino hits out at fixture schedule ahead of BVB clash

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Mauricio Pochettino believes Borussia Dortmund have been given an unfair advantage after Tottenham were made to play on Sunday.

Mauricio Pochettino believes Borussia Dortmund have been given an unfair advantage after Tottenham were made to play on Sunday.

Tottenham remain in the Premier League title race, five points off the top, after their 20th win of the season, which came courtesy of a 3-1 win over Leicester City.

Their attention now turns to the Champions League, where they host Dortmund in the last 16, though Pochettino is unhappy with the scheduling of this game against the Foxes. Dortmund played on Saturday and the Argentinian believes his side are now at a massive disadvantage by having 24 hours less to recover.

‘I feel so embarrassed because I can accept to play today if Dortmund play today and then we play Wednesday, but I cannot understand why we’re playing with a massive disadvantage,’ he said.

‘Twenty-four hours in this type of competition, the last 16, is a massive disadvantage. It doesn’t mean that we’re not going to compete. For me, I’m going to stop describing the real situation, but I think there is no sense.

‘It is so difficult to understand why, when we had one week clear to play this game and to schedule it on a different day, and only I am explaining my feelings and how difficult it is to prepare a game when you only have today and then you’re going to need to play.’

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