Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has enjoyed a dig at Chelsea rival Antonio Conte over their heavy schedule.

Conte criticised the Premier League of having a lack of respect for English sides in Europe, with Chelsea making a 5,000 mile round trip to Azerbaijan before heading to Liverpool 72 hours later.

Having finished 10th in 2015-16, Conte had no European football to balance his side against as they won the title last year.

Pochettino, however, countered: “Of course, now he’s feeling the same as we felt last season when you are a contender and competing in Europe – the Champions League and Europa League are the same, always it’s complicated.

“I think if you take the Europa League like Arsenal when you’re always rotating the team and playing with a different team in the Premier League then maybe you can arrive fresh and be a contender in the Premier League.

“If you want to win the Europa League and the Premier League or the Champions League and the Premier League, you need to be right how you rotate and manage your squad.”