The Chelsea manager hit out at the decision for his side to face Newcastle at 12:30pm on Saturday with so little time to prepare after the international break and injuries across football piling up.
He said: ‘No it’s not the best. When you look at the scheduling it is a common sense factor.
‘That 12.30pm slot, how often does it need to be there? It’s absolutely not the optimum way to have players preparing for a Premier League game. You want the best of the brand. I want us to play to our best but it is very difficult circumstances.’