- Dec 11, 2018
No, his point is that he agrees with Pep, he is not one for ridiculous sly digs. That would be very out of character for him and more up Mourinho's street, and it would make me some what disappointed if he made such a dig. He would fall a bit in my esteem (but he won't, since he would not do such a thing). He said the same thing last year remember.Possibly mischievous comments from Klopp about the festive schedule. On the one hand he is admitting that it's not right to have such a small gap between fixtures and is therefore validating Pep's criticisms. However, he mentioned several sides who have exactly the same issue as City without mentioning City. Is his point to say that we're all in the same boat so Pep cannot use it as an excuse?
You ought to remember that Klopp is educated as a Sports Scientist. The entire point, which many fans tend to ignore, is that recuperation for a top athlete needs so and so many hours. 48 hours is not enough restitution to give maximum effort in both games, that is science, pure and simple. It was incredibly different 20 years ago when footballers were not top athletes, today it is different, they train as top athletes in the biggest clubs and then you have to apply science as to how many hours a man and woman in a certain age group needs to recuperate between giving maximum effort, since less than optimal restitution vastly increases chances for muscle injuries. To recuperate from a very hard intense training session with interval training you need usually 4-5 days to be able to give anything like you gave in the previous session and a high intensity football match with breakneck speed is comparable.
Same logic goes for why armies on the offensives have breaks for a couple of days before they push on (if the battlefield situation allows it), since more soldiers will die and be wounded (and fight worse) from mistakes that comes from tiredness or concentration loss if the push on etc.