Hull City manager Steve Bruce saw his side’s Premier League fixture against Arsenal last Sunday rescheduled to help accommodate the change to Chelsea FC’s fixture against Sunderland. The Hull City match was originally supposed to be played on Saturday but was chosen to take Chelsea’s place in the Sunday schedule. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was unhappy about the change and complained that his side never got the kind of help that Chelsea received but he seems to complain about anything Chelsea related anyhow.
Steve Bruce on the other hand was just fine with the change and even encouraged the FA to do more of the same. He continued to say that the FA should do everything they can to help Chelsea, and presumably any other clubs that make deep runs in Europe, by rescheduling their matches to give them more time to recover and prepare.
Steve Bruce’s comments on how the FA should help Chelsea:
“I think we should do everything we can to help Chelsea. We don’t do that often enough. When it gets to this stage we should help the big teams. It’s difficult in our league. If we can help Chelsea I have no problems whatsoever and I didn’t when they asked me. We want Chelsea to get the final, let’s give them every opportunity. To ask them to play Sunday and Tuesday? Let’s give them all the help they can get.”
This issue is certainly not going anywhere and the more coaches that speak on it the better. Chelsea has been England’s leading force in maintaining their high coefficient in Europe which decides how many teams from each country qualify for the Champions and Europa League. The fact that Wenger complains about Chelsea getting help is incredibly ironic as it is the Blues’ deep runs and recent trophies that guarantee his perennially fourth place side a place in the Champions League. To Wenger fourth place is as good as a trophy but without Chelsea there would only be three of those “trophies” to be claimed. So thank you Steve Bruce for speaking the truth and saying what anyone that has anything to do with English football should be saying.