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Pep Guardiola: Premier League schedule is lethal

13 January, 2018, 01:36 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • They should have even won it with Luka Milivojević missing an injury time penalty to win

Man City boss Pep Guardiola reacts to Kyle Walker's injury against Watford by calling on the FA to fix the Premier League's festive schedule.

It needed a penalty save from Ederson Moraes off Luka Milivojevic in injury time to preserve City's unbeaten run after 21 games and leave Pep Guardiola's side 14 points clear heading into the new year. "The people come here to watch the players and enjoy their performances - not the managers in the press conferences or the journalists who write about the game".

"But what everyone saw in the last weeks is how many injuries the players have".

"If you think about far away you are going to distract from what we have to do today, and that will be a big, big mistake".

"January is going to be tough, as December has been". Physically he is doing well and he is a very important player for us.

Guardiola is the latest in a long list of high-profile managers to question the traditional English fixture schedule this season, his Manchester United counterpart Jose Mourinho being chief among them. You can play every three, four or five days but not every two days.

Nobody expected City's season to fall apart following a draw with Crystal Palace last time out, but after that historic run of wins came to an end there was always a danger that standards could slip and tiredness could catch up with some players. “Putting aside what he spends for players, at Bayern all you hear about is players saying how much that he [Guardiola] improved them.

City now have Benjamin Mendy and Gabriel Jesus on the sidelines, both with knee ligament injuries, while Kevin De Bruyne played on Tuesday despite limping off the field against Palace after a horror tackle from Jason Puncheon.

"We missed the last action but it is normal in a period of a lot of games, in the period where we are". We started 2018 in the best way possible in front of our fans playing good football.

Both players were stretchered off the pitch but Owen was laughing about it on live TV. "First of all we don't want to get relegated". You know how tough the Premier League is to play but you know you can not relax. It was a comfortable win despite Gray's consolation at the end and I think Pep will be chuffed to bits.

As well as Stones and Delph returning to the starting lineup, City were boosted by having Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva available. He was flawless leading the back four and has the personality to play not only with the ball but also without it.

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