Pep takes swipe over festive fixture pile-up
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.”