Dubai is a popular destination for Premier League clubs during the World Cup, while others opt for Abu Dhabi or Spain. A club squeezes in two trips; two stay at home.
Here’s how every Premier League club is spending their World Cup break…
Mikel Arteta has given his Premier League leaders between 10 and 14 days off before meeting ahead of a behind-closed-doors friendly with neighboring neighbors Watford on November 28. Arsenal will then travel to Dubai for warm-weather training and friendlies against Lyon. (December 8) and AC Milan (December 13). Arsenal are also said to be in talks with Barcelona over a possible friendly at the Emirates before Christmas.
First game back: West Ham (H), Boxing Day.
Unai Emery discussed his plans for the World Cup break in his first interview as Villa boss: “The break will help us. After 10 days we will leave, we will start again, we will have days of training to improve and create our identity and our style. Villa next face Cardiff in a commemorative match for Peter Whittingham on November 30 before flying to Dubai, where they face Brighton in a friendly. Emery has also scheduled a friendly match against his former team, Villarreal, on December 15 at Villa Park.
First game back: Liverpool (H), Boxing Day
The Cherries side were given a fortnight off after Saturday’s win over Everton. When they return to training, they will fly to Dubai on November 30 before facing Royal Antwerp on December 4. Bournemouth are also planning a few friendlies when they return to England, although they are likely to prioritize the appointment of a manager.
First game back: Newcastle (A, Carabao Cup), December 20.
Thomas Frank explained the Bees’ plans: “First, there’s a few weeks off for everyone. Then the rest of the players and the staff come back. We are moving to our new training ground during this time which is nice. Then we go to Spain for a week and we play friendly matches. It is not yet known who they will face in Spain.
First game back: Tottenham (H), Boxing Day
The Seagulls will fly to Dubai after a fortnight’s rest following their loss to Aston Villa on Sunday. Once in Dubai, they will have a chance for revenge – of sorts – when they face the Villans in a friendly match.
First game back: Charlton (A, Carabao Cup), December 20
“We’ll have a few days off,” Graham Potter said last Friday. “There are only about three or four players left. Then we’ll meet up, practice a bit and head out for warm weather camp and a few games to prepare for the restart. The Blues will travel to the United Arab Emirates, but that’s all we know at this stage.
First game back: Bournemouth (H), December 27
Patrick Vieira has given Palace players a fortnight before “a mini pre-season”, part of which will take place in Turkey where the Eagles will face Napoli. Palace will also host Botofogo at Selhurst Park on December 3 and they are looking to set up a game against Real Valladolid. During the trip to Turkey, Vieira said: “It will be really important. That’s why we will bring everyone, even injured players. It’s important to spend time together and go even more into tactical details to improve as a team.
First game back: Fulham (H), Boxing Day
There is no immediate break for the Toffees after their two beatings at Bournemouth, with Frank Lampard taking his men to Australia to compete in Sydney’s inaugural Super Cup. They will face Celtic on November 20 and, three days later, Western Sydney Wanderers. Lampard will then give his players some time before returning for yet unscheduled friendlies.
First game back: Wolves (H), Boxing Day
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Marco Silva has given his players a fortnight before they reunite to travel to Portugal for a week-long training camp. A week before the Premier League season resumes, the Cottagers host West Ham on December 17.
First game back: Crystal Palace (A) Boxing Day
Jesse Marsch gave strict instructions to his players: “They will all have a week off and then we give them a physical program for another week to do on their own. So they will have two weeks off but the first week they will do absolutely nothing. Pleasant. The team will report to Thorp Arch on November 28 and although there has been talk of a trip to California, Leeds will remain in Europe, possibly heading to Spain. They will also host Spanish opposition Real Sociedad at Elland Road on December 16.
First game back: Man City (M), December 28
The Foxes have earned a fortnight with their recent form. Back at work, players not involved in the World Cup will head to Abu Dhabi for some winter sunshine. The plan then is to play friendly matches on the training ground. “It’s weird,” Brendan Rodgers said. “There will be a rest period at the start, but then we have to get to work and we have to work our way to a good place physically, mentally and tactically ready for the first game. For that, it will mean a hard training and work, but also minutes under the belt in organized matches.We will have a few confirmed matches over the next few days to play.
First game back: MK Dons (A, Carabao Cup), December 20
After a fortnight off and a week back at Melwood, Jurgen Klopp will take his remaining players to Dubai on December 4. Once there, like Arsenal, they will face Lyon (December 11) and AC Milan (December 16). Assistant coach Pep Lijnders explained the choice of Dubai: “It’s close to Qatar, so the players can come back quickly, so they can prepare quickly again with the team, and that gives us real time. to prepare for the second sprint of the season.”
First game back: Man City (A, Carabao Cup), December 22
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Pep Guardiola is manager most affected by World Cup call-ups and he gave the players who remained in Manchester some time off until November 28. Next, City travel to Abu Dhabi for a week-long training camp on December 5. Will Guardiola travel to Qatar to watch one of his players? “The best way to enjoy games is at home with red wine,” he said. While he has his feet up, reports suggest that Guardiola could be considering his future.
First game back: Liverpool (M, Carabao Cup), December 22
Besides looking for the channel that Piers Morgan is broadcasting these days, United players are still training while most other teams are resting. “We will train here in Carrington for a week, or eight or nine days, and then we will have a short break,” Erik ten Hag said last week. “Then we will train and go to Spain for a week-long training camp.” In Andalusia, United will face Cadiz on December 7 and Real Betis on December 10.
First game back: Burnley (Men, Carabao Cup), December 21
Like Leeds, Newcastle players have benefited from the first week off before embarking on personal training programs before returning to the training ground. On December 4, Eddie Howe will take his men to Saudi Arabia for a week, during which they will face Al-Hilal in a friendly on December 8. Back in Tyneside, Newcastle will host Rayo Vallecano at St James’ Park on December 17. They should also sneak in another friendly, possibly against Championship opposition.
First game back: Bournemouth (Men, Carabao Cup), December 20
“We have a plan for the break, in terms of schedule, training content and games, which we will announce soon,” Steve Cooper said recently. “It took a bit of finalizing.” And Forest certainly rushes a lot into the break. They will travel to Greece and Spain, with friendlies confirmed against Olympiacos (December 10) and Valencia (December 16).
First game back: Blackburn (A, Carabao Cup), December 20
The Saints had to travel to Miami before firing Ralph Hasenhuttl. His replacement, Nathan Jones, has not confirmed whether they stick to this route, but the new boss has a great opportunity to get his point across with just Mohammed Salisu and Armel Bella-Kotchap on their way to the FIFA Cup. world. “We’re pretty much determined on what we want to do,” he said after the Liverpool defeat. “First, I’m going to sleep. I went a month without sleep, so I’ll start with that and spend some time with my family. We’ll be back next week and planning everything, giving us just over four weeks to work with the squad before the Brighton game. We have organized games and a trip.
First game back: Lincoln (H, Carabao Cup), December 20
Antonio Conte wanted to take his remaining Spurs players out during the break but the club decided against it. “Before, our idea was to try to find a solution to get away from London and stay in a sunny place, but in the end it was difficult to find this type of solution. For this reason, we continue to stay here, to have training sessions and use our training ground Spurs plan to hold friendlies, possibly up to three, but no details have been confirmed yet.
First game back: Brentford (A), Boxing Day
The Hammers also remain local after an extended break which allows players to sit out until December 1. A friendly is scheduled against Cambridge United on December 6 and West Ham also travel to Fulham on December 17, just over a week before the Premier. The league starts again.
First game back: Arsenal (A), Boxing Day
Like the Saints, Wolves will use the World Cup break to bring in a new manager, Julen Lopetegui taking over from Steve Davis after the loss to Arsenal on Saturday. The Spaniard, however, won’t see his players for 10 days after giving them a break. Upon their return, Wolves will spend a week in Marbella, intending to play a friendly or two.
First game back: Gillingham (H, Carabao Cup), December 20
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