Chelsea’s assistant manager has lamented the help given to Atletico Madrid by the RFEF ahead of the Champions League meeting between the sides.
Steve Holland, Jose Mourinho’s No.2 at Stamford Bridge, has criticised the Football Association for the schedule imposed on Chelsea when compared to their Spanish counterparts’ handling of Atletico.
Atleti played on Friday evening, beating Elche 2-0, giving them an extra day to prepare for the European tie on Tuesday.
Real Madrid play Bayern Munich on Wednesday and their League game against Real Valladolid has been moved to May 7.
Chelsea, meanwhile, play Sunderland today, and AS reports Holland as admitting the Blues would have appreciated the same kind of help.
“Atletico played [on Friday] and Madrid don’t even play,” Holland said.
“I’m sure they appreciate the help they’ve had from their federation.
“This period of the season is a challenge, not only physically but mentally.
“Chelsea are accustomed to playing many games at this time of year. It’s essential to have experience and we have a good mix in the team.”