English Premier League consider winter break, set for talks

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It would certainly seem a sensible idea given that the traditional and much-loved Boxing Day and New Year matches make for an incredibly packed schedule every festive season, per BBC Sport.

There have also been suggestions that the lack of a break leaves Premier League players exhausted for global competitions and in particular has been part of the reason behind the England national team's poor tournament record.

The key thing to note here is that talks have centered around a break in the month of January, unlike winter breaks in the other four major leagues in Europe that begin in mid-to-late December.

While Evra, a five-time Premier League victor, would certainly bring a wealth of experience to the squad there are doubts about his ability to adapt to the English top-flight once again at 36.

That deal runs until 2019 with negotiations already under way.

A winter break is not feasible until the end of the current television deal, but the Premier League has confirmed space could be made in the calendar when the next television rights deal is agreed.

The Premier League says it's been looking at the "challenges of the increasingly congested English football calendar, and ways in which we can work together to ease fixture congestion while also giving players a mid-season break".

Both Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have voiced their concerns on the topic before, claiming the intense pile-up of games is at the detriment of their team's title chances.

"We're going to kill the players", said the Manchester City boss. They have to protect them and play with quality and not quality. There have been suggestions that the FA Cup could become a midweek tournament without replays, while the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup could be reduced to one single leg rather than two.



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