Wednesday 18 September 2019

Liverpool and Tottenham set to be handed Champions League boost as Premier League looks to re-arrange fixtures

Mauricio Pochettino celebrates Tottenham’s remarkable Champions League win over Manchester City (Mike Egerton/PA)
Mauricio Pochettino celebrates Tottenham’s remarkable Champions League win over Manchester City (Mike Egerton/PA)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool and Tottenham look set to be handed a huge boost in their efforts to book a place in this season's Champions League final, with talks underway to re-arrange the Premier League match they are due to play in between their semi-final ties.

Liverpool are due to play Newcastle away from home ahead of the second leg of their semi-final against Barcelona at Anfield, while Spurs have an even more challenging schedule as they are currently playing Bournemouth just two days before they take on Ajax in Amsterdam.

After Dutch league officials shifted an entire weekend of fixtures to assist Ajax's push to secure a place in the Champions League final in Madrid on June 1st, Premier League chiefs are now set to answer calls that have been made for many years by finally giving their clubs much needed support in their European ambitions.

Premier League chiefs have been in talks with broadcasters Sky and BT Sport in the last 24 hours with a view to moving the Newcastle v Liverpool and Bournemouth v Tottenham matches, with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino among those calling for a switch.

Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool shows appreciation to the fans after the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Porto and Liverpool at Estadio do Dragao on April 17, 2019 in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

"For the semi-final of the Champions League, we need to make sure both teams will have same days to prepare for the game," he said. "We want the same gap between the first leg and second leg, if we want to be fair. In the semi-final, both teams deserve to have same preparation.

"We must prioritise different things and we cannot work on the pitch. It is not fair for the players and for the team who compete with a massive disadvantage."

With slots to re-arrange the games limited in the final few weeks of the season, a solution to the problem may be tough to formulate, but this is the first time Premier League decision makers have considered the pleas of their member clubs to move games to assist their Champions League hopes.

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