Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes the demands of modern football are risking the fitness of his Premier League stars.
During a remarkable attack on the sport's decision-makers, who 'never play or touch the football', the exasperated coach said his players are 'not machines'.
Pochettino urged the Premier League to be 'organised better', suggesting that the start of the season could have been delayed to allow those who played in Euro 2016 to recover properly.
Pochettino said: 'If you play the player, and he gets injured, it's because you need to give rest. If you don't play him, and you lose the game, you had international players and did not use them — the media, the supporters and the board and the president kill me. If you don't win the game, you are guilty.
'Always it's the manager's fault, always. The problem is the organisation of the competition. You cannot play the Euros and start (the league) on August 13. How can you give rest to the players?
'You are in competition during 12 months, or 11-and-a-half months. And the players don't deserve holidays just because you pay them good salaries? Come on. And their families? The kids? They are not machines, they are not machines.'