Pep takes swipe over fes­tive fix­ture pile-up

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT -

PEP Guardi­ola has launched a fresh at­tack on the Premier League and broad­cast­ers – claim­ing they do not care about play­ers’ wel­fare.

City host Sh­effield United today just 40 hours af­ter a 3-2 de­feat at Wolves left their Premier League ti­tle hopes in tatters.

The de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons are 14 points be­hind lead­ers Liver­pool hav­ing had goal­keeper Eder­son sent off be­fore blow­ing a 2-0 lead in a dra­matic night at Mo­lineux.

City boss Guardi­ola hit out at the sched­ule when the TV picks were an­nounced in Oc­to­ber and has re­newed his crit­i­cism.

“I don’t have any con­fi­dence about that. They don’t care,” he said, when asked if he would like to see the Premier League change and look at player wel­fare. “In the first sea­son it was the same, we played at An­field and two days later with Burn­ley at home.

“My words are not go­ing to change any­thing, Jose (Mour­inho) and Jur­gen (Klopp) have said the same. Ev­ery sea­son is the same, TV de­cides and we have to adapt.

“I have to eval­u­ate the play­ers and how they feel. We have to put fresh legs on. I hon­estly don’t know how they are go­ing to re­cover and how they feel.”

De­feat at Mo­lineux was City’s fifth of the sea­son in the Premier League with their hopes of a third-straight crown slip­ping away.

But Guardi­ola urged his side to move on, de­spite their prob­lems this sea­son.

He said: “The club has made in­cred­i­ble steps. You have to an­a­lyse and move for­ward.”

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