ALAN Pardew believes other Premier League clubs are suffering the after-effects of playing in Europe – just like Newcastle United did last season.
The Magpies struggled to combine playing in the Europa League and on a domestic front last campaign, and only narrowly avoided relegation.
Pardew has always insisted the strain of playing a draining game on a Thursday night and then having a quick turnaround for an intense Premier League game at the weekend affected his side’s performances.
And he says the proof of that is the struggles of other teams this season who have a similar workload.
Pardew uses Tottenham Hotspur as an example, with their only three defeats this season coming in games immediately after they’ve played in the Europa League – including a 1-0 loss to the Magpies on Sunday.
“Spurs looked lethargic and that was us last year,” he said.
“It is a very different concept having to change over two days.
“Chelsea had it on Saturday against West Brom and they nearly lost as well.
“I think everybody needs to look at that. You need an extra day rest.”
As well as Spurs, England’s other two representatives in the Europa League this season are Swansea and Wigan Athletic.
Swansea, who took the league by storm last season, sit 13th in the table this term. They have drawn two and lost the other the last three times they have played in the Premier League after European games.