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Opinion: Why just a two-week break between seasons may hurt Tottenham badly



Premier League clubs may only get two-week break before start of next season

Premier League clubs could get just a two-week break between the end of the 2019-20 campaign and the start of the new season, according to a report from the Daily Mail.

The current campaign has been suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus crisis after the entire country went into lockdown. Most Premier League clubs have nine matches left to be played, while some have ten. There are European and domestic cup matches to be completed as well.

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There could be just a two week break between this and next season

There has been little indication with regard to a possible resumption any time soon. But all the stakeholders remain determined to see the season be completed (h/t Daily Mail).

UEFA has moved the European Championship back to 2021, allowing for domestic campaigns to be extended into the summer months. But there is a strong possibility that the start of 2020/21 campaign will be affected as well. As per existing schedule, the season is expected to start on August 8, but that is likely to be pushed back (h/t Daily Mail).

Even then, clubs have been warned that they could get only a two-week break in between seasons (h/t Daily Mail). Such a scenario, should it come to be, could end up having an adverse effect on Tottenham’s season.

The 2019-20 campaign has been a disappointing one for Tottenham on many levels. The poor start under Poch, leading to his sacking, the decline in form after an initial spring under Jose Mourinho has left us eighth in the Premier League table, staring at the possibility of missing out on Champions League football.

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Kane and Son’s absence has hurt Spurs this season. A two-week break could leave them prone to recurrence of injuries

Injuries to key players has been a major problem for Spurs this term. The likes of Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Moussa Sissoko are expected to be back for the final leg of the season, which should help our bid to push for a top-four finish.

But, a cramped schedule to get the ongoing season completed, coupled with only a two-week break before the next one begins, could leave the Tottenham players further prone to injuries. Match fitness might not be a problem given the short break between the two seasons, but it would also increase the probability of recurrence of injuries, something that has hurt us already this season and could be a problem again next term.

The lack of defensive stability has been a serious issue over the course of the season, with things failing to improve even after Mourinho took over the reins. There has been a feeling that Jose is still to get a clear picture of what is best backline is, having switched formations on quite a regular basis since taking over.

So, a full pre-season where the manager would have gotten time to take a proper look at the players at his disposal would have been ideal. It would have allowed Mourinho to drill into his players the roles and responsibilities expected of each of them, while also allowing him to get a clearer picture of what his best XI is.

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A full pre-season would have allowed Mourinho to build the team in his image properly

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Moreover, it would also help any new arrivals at the club to settle in and get familiar with teammates and the manager’s tactics.

But with just a two-week break in between seasons, most of that will not be possible. Given the likelihood of a crammed schedule, Mourinho is unlikely to get a lot of time in between matches to work on ironing out flaws that he would have ideally been able to do in a pre-season.


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