Once again, it's Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho asking questions about the Premier League. This time, it's scheduling a game for Sunday when his team plays the Europa League final on Wednesday.
Even though the Premier League wants all of the finales to at the same time, Mourinho certainly has a point. The Premier League isn't big on moving games to suit the midweek European schedule, a stubbornness that doesn't maximize the opportunities for their clubs. Mourinho isn't the first to ask why the Premier League doesn't push games back for teams not only representing themselves, but the league as a whole, in Europe. After all, the coefficient for the league is what determines the number of spots they get in Europe.
United played last Sunday, Wednesday, and now Sunday. On paper, that's the spacing to make that Wednesday game more manageable. In practice, Mourinho told anybody listening that his focus is on the Europa League even before his team made the final. United lost to Spurs, drew Southampton, and is once again thinking about the Europa when they play Crystal Palace on Sunday.
”The only positive is to save my players and give them better conditions for Wednesday," Mourinho said. "Of course, individually, for the kids, I think it will be a great experience - Old Trafford, Premier League, Crystal Palace, last match of the season. But with so many of them at the same time, I think they really need my support and Nicky Butt’s support, and the supporters to understand the difficult job they have. It won’t be easy for them."
Moving to the Liga MX playoffs, Paul Arriola started and Joe Corona was on the bench for Tijuana's 2-0 loss at Tigres to open their playoff semifinal series. Lucas Zelarayan scored in the 42nd minute with Javier Aquino doubling the lead in the 45th. Jose Torres wasn't in the squad for Tigres. Toluca and Chivas drew 1-1 in the other semifinal. Goal's Jon Arnold's takeaways from the first-legs of the Clausura playoff semifinals.
The Independent's Miguel Delaney lists the individual moments that made the difference this season in the Premier League. The Daily Mail's Ian Ladyman on Manchester United's worst season in a long time. Soccer America's Paul Gardner questions the point of the celebrity coach. CNN's Aimee Lewis looks back at the Champions League final that launched the modern era of Barcelona.
The most thrilling and incredible title race in Europe this season? France's Ligue 2. Six teams can still go up. All to be played tonight. pic.twitter.com/Qpwuzwtw4I— Julien Laurens (@LaurensJulien) May 19, 2017
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