Former France legend hits out at Tchouameni after latter complains about busy fixture schedule

Former France footballer Jerome Rothen has called on Aurelien Tchouameni to dedicate himself more to his work after the Real Madrid star complained about the fixture schedule.

Player welfare has been a big topic of conversation in football for a few years now, with the national team’s schedule coming into the limelight recently.

The creation of the Nations League, the Club World Cup in the middle of the season and the national team break at the end of the season has angered all the players who feel they have to rest, instead of representing their country or playing in friendlies .

Injuries seem to be more common these days and the manager’s players are attributing this to the sheer number of games they are being forced to play.

In an interview a while ago, French midfielder Tchouameni said that players have to “do or say something” to deal with the large amount of games in a season.

“Obviously, we are playing a lot of games, this is leading to injuries. At some point, the players have to do or say something. These days, it’s rare to have a game a week. It is up to the authorities and the players to beat their fists on the table”, said Tchouameni.

Former France and PSG winger Rothen has hit back at Tchouamen, telling him to use his free time to recover more effectively, having basically his whole life revolved around the profession .

“Want less matches? Well, you will get less money then. I usually defend the players but now I’m against Tchouamen. You just have to dedicate yourself to work, get paid for it… be good on the field, prepare”, said Rothen in an interview for RMC Sport.

Not only Tchouameni has addressed this issue, a while ago Liverpool captain Virgil Van Dijk also complained saying that the calendar in England is too busy.