Klopp backs Guardiola over ‘crime’ of schedule
PEP Guardiola has found an unusual ally in his complaints about City’s tough Christmas schedule.
The Blues boss has been strongly critical of the way his team has been forced to play twice in 48 hours, following tonight’s trip to Wolves with a home clash with Sheffield United on Sunday.
The club has written to the Premier League to protest, and Guardiola sarcastically joked that his players would have to be placed in the ‘fridge’ to preserve them.
Now Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, whose team gets an extra day of rest after facing Leicester last night, has backed Guardiola, saying it is a ‘crime’ City are playing at a disadvantage.
“It is absolutely not OK,” he said. “None of the managers have a problem playing on Boxing Day, but playing on the 26th and 28th is a crime.
“This year we play 26th and 29th and it is like a holiday. I understand all those saying it should not happen.
“They are not moaning. They are telling.
“It is not for the spectacle. It would not be a problem to play 26th and 29th with more teams. There is no reason why more teams do not get more than 48 hours between a Premier League game.
“Obviously, we can say what we want but no one is listening. Sports science gives you nothing to deal with this.
“The body needs a specific amount of time to go again. But we ignore that completely. I understand each manager who mentions it.”