Carling Cup Quarterfinals Scheduling Causes Manager's Rage


Roberto Mancini, Manchester City Manager

Carling Cup Quarterfinals Scheduling Causes Manager's Rage

The Carling Cup Quarter Finals will be held today, Tuesday, November 27th and Wednesday, November 28th with clubs hardly able to recover from their Premier League matches over the weekend.


Arsenal v Manchester City
Chelsea v Liverpool
Cardiff v Blackburn


Manchester United v Crystal Palace

"This is the reason why the national team arrive for European Championships, World Cups and they are dying. The players don't have time to recover," remarked Mancini.

Mancini's said he may have to play "with 14- or 15-year-olds" at the Emirates tonight.

"I don't know who to blame," Mancini said. "The Premier League should have said something about this. It's important to play but it's also important to recover. You need three days between one game and the other. We'll have the same in January when we play Sunderland on New Year's Day and then Liverpool in two days. Liverpool play three days before us. Is this right? I don't think so. It's incredible. It's a quarter-final. We should play with 11 young players. Maybe 14 or 15 years old."

Mancini repeatedly insisted that he would change all 11 players from the side that drew 1-1 at Anfield on Sunday.

Edin Dzeko, who got only eight minutes at Anfield, may start, with Adam Johnson, Nigel de Jong, Aleksandar Kolarov and Pablo Zabaleta.

Mancini said "Arsenal played on Saturday, we play Sunday evening, travel to London on Monday and we play Tuesday night. To play again in two days like this so soon after the Champions League is incredible."

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Liverpool's King Kenny is also upset about the scheduling.

Kenny Dalglish advised Liverpool fans not to travel for his side's tie with Chelsea.

Liverpool FC manager, Kenny Dalglish was outraged that his side has to play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge only two days after Sunday’s league match at home v Manchester City. Liverpool held discussions with the Premier League, Football League and Sky television in an attempt to get one of the games moved but it was to no avail, because the change would cause major inconvenience to fans at short notice.

It will be Liverpool’s second trip to Chelsea in just over a week – having won 2-1 the weekend before last. Chelsea played on Saturday so they have had an extra day to recover.
Dalglish remarked:

”Forty-eight hours is a bit irresponsible for the people who’ve organised the dates of the matches. It’s not just us, it’s Man City.”

”To ask any team or any players to play two games of high intensity in 48 hours is a bit of a joke.

”I don’t know why the PFA don’t come in and say something about it – it’s their players. For me it’s difficult to understand why they don’t come out and say something. Or do they agree with it?

”We know we’ve got to accept it although we don’t agree with it, and it won’t affect the application or give us an excuse.

”There’ll be one or two bumps and bruises I would have thought, and maybe one or two missing, but we have a strong squad and we’ve made changes in other Carling Cup matches.

”It will be a late shout because we have to give everyone the best possible opportunity to recover.

”We’ve sold out our tickets for the match, we know what’s expected, the players know what’s expected of them, so all we can do is try our best and see what happens.”

”I don’t expect Chelsea to have to make changes,” he added.

”He  has said he’ll use the competition to try to develop three young players he has that he likes, so I suppose those three will play.”

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