The 2022 FIFA World Cup to be held in Qatar will be unique in several ways. Most notably, the tournament starts in November and will thus interrupt the European calendars and the English Premier League, among other competitions.
The English top flight will begin a break on November 13 which will last until Christmas Day. Ahead of Friday’s Premier League season opener between Crystal Palace and Arsenal, Chelsea managers Thomas Tuchel and Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp have both criticized the inevitable disruption to the domestic calendar.
“It doesn’t make so much sense,” Tuchel explained, according to Reuters (h/t ESPN). “The players are already very focused on the World Cup, which is a good thing because they are fit and taking care of themselves. But it’s also a bad thing because they are also focused on the World Cup. world and not just here. We’ll see how that influences players and their performance in October when it gets closer.
“It will have a huge emotional and physical impact on the players, they will come back exhausted. A big success and a huge disappointment can also exhaust them mentally, and then a few days later we have Boxing Day. I’m a little uncertain about all of this. “
Klopp said ‘this World Cup is happening at the wrong time for the wrong reasons’.
“If you go to a World Cup final and you win it or lose it or a third-place game, you’re already busy enough and the rest starts a week later,” Klopp added in comments. “If all the players then have a break, that’s no problem, that’s fine. It’s like a winter break that I had a lot in Germany as a player, four weeks [off]stuff like that.”
Klopp continued: “My problem is that even though everyone knows it’s not right, nobody talks about it often enough for it to change. Something has to change.”
Chelsea open their campaign on Saturday against Everton. Liverpool, meanwhile, will face Fulham earlier today. Chelsea and Liverpool are set to compete for the league title this season.
The World Cup is scheduled to take place from November 21 to December 18.