Marco Silva is unhappy with the relentless schedule of the Championship ahead of his side’s trip to face Coventry City on Saturday.
Even though Fulham have one of the best squads the second tier has ever seen and the international break follows this weekend, the Portuguese is still frustrated by the lack of recovery time for his players.
The Cottagers were 3-1 victors over Swansea City in midweek with Aleksandar Mitrovic netting a first half hat-trick. Peter Rutzler tweeted Silva’s bemoaning of the calendar late on Thursday night.
Silva said: “When we play Wednesday, finish at 10pm, the players are not in a physical condition to play 12.30pm on Saturday. I’m 100 per cent sure that they will not be recovered. And not play at the intensity that a football match should be.”
Silva: "When we play Wednesday, finish at 10pm, the players are not in a physical condition to play 12.30pm on Saturday. I'm 100 per cent sure that they will not be recovered. And not play at the intensity that a football match should be." (2/2)
— Peter Rutzler (@peterrutzler) September 30, 2021
Fulham will be hoping to break back into the automatic promotion places on the cusp of the international break having regressed a bit in their finishing in recent weeks.
The floodgates opened on Wednesday evening with Mitrovic rising to the top of the scoring charts, possibly having one eye on Ivan Toney’s record breaking 31 goals in the second tier last term.
The Sky Blues sit just one place behind Fulham but their confidence will have taken a hit from their crushing 5-0 loss at Luton Town last time out.
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Marco Silva must have known what he was in for when he took a Championship job. The 46 game season is full on but that is the way it has always been.
Of all the managers in the second tier, Silva is the one who has the right to complain about the busy schedule the least. Fulham spent more money than the majority of Championship clubs combined in the summer and have assembled arguably the best and deepest squad the division has ever seen.
If any side have the tools to cope with the fixtures coming thick and fast it is Fulham. They can have no complaints if Coventry get the better of them and continue their 100% record at the CBS Arena on Saturday.