Title chasing Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United have all played two matches in 48 hours while league leaders Chelsea are enjoying three days’ rest before its next match Wednesday.
“It is, in 20 years, the most uneven Christmas period I have seen on the fixture front,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told reporters.
The festive schedule is traditionally as tightly stuffed as a turkey — but for some more than others over the last few days.
While table toppers Chelsea have three games in 10 days, Liverpool and Manchester United faced three matches in seven days while Arsenal have played three games in nine days.
“We can play better football but I’m not sure if you can play better with that break,” Klopp pointedly told BBC Sport. “I don’t how it feels when you have to do the things you have to do today.
“I told the players if nobody wanted to play I would never speak about it and not tell anyone, but nobody came and that was a good thing.”
Jose Mourinho, manager of Manchester United, joined in the chorus of managerial disapproval: “It’s very difficult to play football in these circumstances with 48 hours in between. It is very hard for the players.”
The Premier League did not immediately respond to SAHIFANEWS’s request for comment on its fixture scheduling.
Unlike the Premier League, leading soccer leagues in France, Germany, Italy, Scotland and Spain all take a winter sabbatical.
The Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore suggested in the summer to UK broadcaster Sky Sports that the world’s richest soccer league remained open to also adopting a winter break but that there was “no timescale” to making it happen.
“The argument for a winter break isn’t going away,” added Thomas, who pointed out that recent scientific studies showed that footballers played better with a significant rest period between matches.
His studies also found that all teams won less games after just two days’ recovery and that 70% less goals were scored in the last half hour of the matches but 75% more goals conceded.