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Tottenham boss Pochettino blasts scheduling ahead of BVB contest

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has taken aim at broadcasters and the Premier League.

Spurs had to play against Leicester City on Sunday, despite neither team playing a midweek game last week, as broadcasters pushed had the game moved.

Pochettino's side face Borussia Dortmund, who played on Saturday, in the Champions League last-16 on Wednesday.

"I was saying before about how upset I am. 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," Pochettino 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.

"Then in different things we came from a very tough period. In England it's a busy period at Christmas. It's January when clubs in Germany, Spain or Italy enjoy some holidays and rest. That is why if you can be in a similar level, you need to play with the same situation. That is why I feel so disappointed."

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