And he believes his Palace side will have the advantage when they face Tottenham on Sunday – three days after Spurs were on European duty against Qarabag.
“The intensity of Premier League games is higher than other leagues and to recover in that period of time is tough”, Pardew said in his pre-match press conference.
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has appeared to have a dig at Champions League-chasing Tottenham ahead of the two clubs’ meeting on Sunday after saying Spurs will definitely finish in the top ten this season.
Provisional squad: Lloris, Vorm, Rose, Davies, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Walker, Trippier, Dier, Mason, Alli, Carroll, Dembele, Chadli, Eriksen, Lamela, N’Jie, Townsend, Son, Kane.
“I’ve been involved in the Europa League, and it’s hard “, he said.
Perhaps it’s a fair comment on a team who have started the season very poorly, but Tottenham surely don’t harbour any genuine fears that they will finish in the bottom of the table.
The Crystal Palace boss reckons the demands on playing Thursday and Sunday are too much. The players are smiley and happy.
Despite losing to City last Saturday, Palace find themselves in a strong position in the league, having won nine points from five games, only losing narrowly to Arsenal and the league leaders, City.
Kane made a brief cameo in midweek and should be fully fresh as he seeks to get off the mark for Spurs this term. “In fact, probably the only disappointing performance we’ve put in was at Norwich and we managed to win that game”.
“Those games needed our full attention, and we stayed away between them”, he explained.