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1Kick-off too early... Wenger Empty Kick-off too early... Wenger on 16th August 2014, 7:07 am


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the
Premier League should have kicked off one
week later to give players the chance to
recover from the World Cup.
The Gunners had 11 players in Brazil, and
Germany World Cup winners Mesut Ozil, Per
Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski have only just
"We could have done with one week later in all the
competitions," said Wenger.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says World Cup
fatigue has also stopped him from fielding his
strongest line-up.
Ozil, Mertesacker and Podolski will not feature in
Saturday's Premier League opener against Crystal
Palace or, in all likelihood, Tuesday's Champions
League play-off first leg at Beskitas.
Jose Mourinho
says six of his
World Cup
players will not
be ready for
Monday's game
at Burnley
The Champions League final is on 6 June 2015 in
Berlin and Wenger would have liked to see England
following Spain and Italy with later opening
He said: "The final of the World Cup was on July 13;
the start of the Premier League season is August
16. If you want to give some holiday to the players,
your preparation becomes very short.
"If you don't give players enough holiday or
enough build-up in their preparation and play
them straight away, then they get injured."
Brazil trio Oscar, Willian and Ramires, Belgian pair
Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois, and Germany's
Andre Schurrle have missed most of Chelsea's pre-
season after the World Cup.
And ahead of Monday night's trip to Burnley,
Mourinho said: "Are they ready individually? No.
"But we have to be ready as a team for Monday.
"Can it be a team of six guys not ready? No."
And he added: "This is modern football. It's going
in this tendency - more matches, more
competitions, less time to work, even not enough
time to have a real holiday for bodies and brains
that top football players need.
"There's not enough time."

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