Tebas responds to Atleti complaints

La Liga President Javier Tebas has hit back at Atletico Madrid complaints over the forthcoming fixture list in La Primera.

Los Rojiblancos feel the schedule prejudices their chances of progression in the Champions League if they were to reach the quarter-finals, but Tebas says the door is always open to change.

“Atletico complained and they won, Real Madrid complained and they won, so I don’t know if there is some link between a shorter rest and winning matches, or a longer rest and losing,” said Tebas during a ceremony held at the University of Salamanca.

“If Atleti have to play on a Tuesday then inevitably they will play on Saturday (April 9) to get more rest.

“We can’t give everyone the same rest because the only solution would be to play all the games on the same day, but that’s impossible and we’ll never do it.”

Earlier this week the Spanish League published the schedule for matchday 32, which set the Espanyol-Atletico Madrid game for Sunday, April 10 at 8.30pm.

This also occurred in February when Diego Simeone’s men had to play the Madrid derby less than 72 hours after being involved in a Last 16 Champions League tie against PSV. 

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