BBC Sport - Winter break would help clubs in Europe - Sam Allardyce

'Fixture list harms clubs in Europe'

West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce says the lack of a winter break in English football is harming Premier League clubs chances in Europe.

Chelsea have now joined Liverpool in being eliminated from the Champions League, with Manchester City and Arsenal also precariously placed going into their last-16 second-leg matches next week. Everton are the only English team in the last 16 of the Europa League.

Allardyce, a long time supporter of a winter break, says a congested fixture list over Christmas means players in England are mentally and physically fatigued and therefore at a "disadvantage" to their opponents on the continent, who take a break over the festive period.