The winter break is farcical and has had precious little benefit for Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs did not play at the weekend as just four games were scheduled; Everton beat Crystal Palace, Brighton & Hove Albion drew with Watford, Sheffield United beat Bournemouth, and Manchester City and West Ham United saw their clash at the Etihad Stadium postponed due to inclement weather conditions.
There is a similar schedule this coming weekend. Wolves and Leicester City play on Friday night before Southampton play Burnley and Norwich City play Liverpool on Saturday.
Spurs play on the Sunday, against Aston Villa, and on Monday, Chelsea will play Manchester United.
This is farcical and precious little attention has been paid to European fixtures.
Spurs face RB Leipzig on Wednesday in the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 encounter before their London derby against Chelsea on Saturday.
The Blues, of course, play Bayern Munich on February 25th due to the way UEFA’s scheduling works but the Premier League have given Spurs a bum hand here.
Had they played against Villa this past weekend, they would have had a weekend off before two games in four days. That makes logical sense.
As it is, they play Villa, then Leipzig and then have two days to prepare for the game against Chelsea, which also happens to be an early kick-off, meaning the referee’s whistle will blow at 12:30.
Frank Lampard’s side, by comparison, play on Monday and have four days without a football match. They can sit back and watch Spurs playing against Leipzig, a team that are only one point behind Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga.
Now, of course, the Premier League had no sway in deciding the result of the Champions League draw and it could have been worse, as Spurs could have drawn Barcelona or Juventus.
But even so, the Premier League appears to want to merely show every game on television.
The Wolves and Southampton games will air on BT Sport; the rest on Sky Sports.
It’s transparent and, really, unforgivable.
Spurs have to fight an uphill battle through no fault of their own; this has been a major logical fail from the Premier League.