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Complaining about the schedule finally pays off

Julian Finney

Jose Mourinho has been an outspoken critic of the tough schedule Chelsea have faced this season, particularly around our European fixtures. While other associations are more than happy to give their biggest sides a helping hand when congestion gets a bit much, the FA has been reluctant to do so for the Blues, and Mourinho's been complaining about it all season.

Now the complaints (whining?) have paid off. Chelsea have advanced to the Champions League semifinals, and the FA have confirmed to the Daily Mail that one of the Sunderland and Liverpool fixtures* will be moved in order to give the Blues an extra day of rest. Considering that the Liverpool feature could end up defining our domestic season (and that the Champions League semfinals are the Champions League semifinals), that's very nice of them.

*Depending on whether we get drawn with the Tuesday/Wednesday games or the Wednesday/Tuesday pairing.

And if it's unfair to the rest of the league, I don't care. Make a deep run in Europe yourselves, if you don't like it.

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