PREMIER LEAGUE TO INTRODUCE WINTER BREAK FROM 2019/20 SEASON

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Compared to other top leagues in the world, the English top flight clubs traditionally play up to four fixtures over the festive period.

And this additional workload has been cited as a reason for the poor showing of England’s elite clubs in the Champions League in recent years.

The Football Association has confirmed the Premier League will schedule a winter break from the 2019/20 season onwards.

The break will come into effect for the first time in February 2020, and five Premier League games will take on one weekend, the other five the next Teams will be afforded a two-week break between matches in this period.

Also, all three divisions in the Football League will remain unchanged.

The FA Cup fifth round, usually played on the second weekend of February, will be moved to midweek with replays scrapped.

Speaking of the new development, Football Association chief Martin Glenn said: “If you were to look at other countries that do it, they say, their technical people say, it’s as much the mental break as the physical one.

“There is nothing as intense as an English Premier League season, with 38 games at all count for something.

“The hope is that players will be more mentally rested, which makes them fresher, which you will see in, from an England point of view, hopefully going into end of season tournaments with a bit more verve and vim.

“And, as importantly, the reason the Premier League clubs are so keen on it is that in the Champions League knock-out stage, where we’ve not been great over the past few years, hopefully that can help.”

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