The festive season in the month of December usually gives top leagues in Europe a much needed break from the heavy schedule of a season. But in England, the month of December presents itself as the trickiest period in the league with matches coming in a rush.
No winter break and playing two games in less than 3 days can affect the momentum of even the best clubs and Jurgen Klopp has expressed his feelings about this busy festive period.
The German came to Liverpool in August after Brendan Rodgers was sacked by the club for some poor performances. Coming from Bundesliga, it was always a question whether he can handle the packed fixture list of the Premier League.
Talking about England’s national team’s chances at major Tournaments, “You have too many games, that’s for sure,” Klopp told Football Focus. “You have no break, too many tournaments.
“I think everybody knows that’s not the way [to be successful].”
England were humiliated in the last World Cup but are unbeaten since and have been superb in the qualifying stage of the Euro 2016 tournament.
The 48-year-old added: “Everybody thinks [manager] Roy [Hodgson] should lead these boys to the title, they have really good players.
“But they’ve had no break for one year. All the other teams have. You can be [successful] but it’s much harder.”
Roy Hodgson’s team have not reached the semi-final stage of any of the last eight major tournaments and Klopp felt that the fixture list that is relentless on the players is hurting the chances of the national team in this competition.
He also added that the Premier League clubs are finding it increasingly tough even in the Champions League because of this festive season. Too many games can easily have their side effects on the squad, but the traditional festive season provides some of the most entertaining football and might not be sacrificed in the near future.
Klopp’s Liverpool will face a tough task against Leicester City in their next Premier League match on Boxing Day at Anfield. Make sure you follow the happening of the Boxing Day by following our website.