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“We Are Going To Kill The Players” – Pep Guardiola Has Serious Concerns About Festive Fixtures

Pep Guardiola

The Manchester City juggernaut rumbled on last night, as Pep Guardiola saw his side stretch their unbeaten run with a routine 3-1 win over Watford. City currently sit 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League, having extended their advantage over the Christmas period, despite being lucky to escape Selhurst Park with a draw on New Year’s Eve.

Last night was their fourth game in ten days, so given the pressures associated with such a run of games, three wins and a draw is a solid return.

However, manager Guardiola has serious concerns about the player welfare issues arise from the festive calendar.

“Everyone saw in the last weeks how many injuries the players have. We are going to kill [the players]. The bosses at the federation have to reflect. It’s not normal to play the 31st and two days later.

“I know the show must go on, [but] they have to control it. They don’t protect the players, the people come to watch, not the managers or the press conferences. Here in England you don’t protect the players…

“Of course, space the [games] out. I’m not saying change Boxing Day, the great tradition, but you cannot play at Selhurst Park, hope to celebrate New Year’s Eve but are thinking about the game two days later. People say it’s impossible, it’s not basketball or tennis, the players need recovery. Just see how many players have muscular injuries.” Quotes via

The fixtures will continue to come thick and fast for City in the coming weeks, with FA Cup and League Cup ties to fit into their Premier League campaign before the Champions League returns next month.

While there is undoubtedly merit to Guardiola’s concerns, perhaps City are the club best equipped to deal with the Christmas schedule, considering the depth within their squad.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.