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Pep Bemoans Heavy Fixture Schedule

Pep Guardiola Bemoans Heavy Fixture Schedule

By Kurt Buckerfield - Jan 03, 2018 10:00 AM @KurtLaduma

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has complained about the busy Premier League schedule after recent injuries to his players.

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Defender Kyle Walker appeared to pick up a knock in City's 3-1 win over Watford on Tuesday night, while Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus had to leave the field in their draw with Crystal Palace last weekend.

Guardiola feels the heavy run of fixtures at this time of the year in England offers very little protection for the players.

"We are going to check (the Walker injury) out, he might have a little problem," he said, according to The Guardian.

"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, you have to look for the quality, not the quantity.

"Of course, space them (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.

"The show must go on, we have a lot of people here to take care of them but the schedule does not protect the players."

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Do you agree with Guardiola's sentiments? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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Gazankulu26 Joined: 30 Jan 2015
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Gazankulu26 Jan 03, 2018 08:13 PM
Wayi veka mhaka da man
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Bulldog Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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Bulldog Jan 03, 2018 01:32 PM
Get used to EPL pep its their tradition
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timelessmessi Jan 03, 2018 11:56 AM
@ZZ2 vs Papa charles you would die happy if you could see him failing don't be fooled by his hard work yes he will fail like any other best coach but he is young he has put mourinho and the great Alex F to swords taking champions leage right under their nose so wena mfethu you fool envy nomona heart broken chill man plz
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thobz09 Jan 03, 2018 11:28 AM
@timelessmessi thank u man
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ZZ2 vs Papa charles Jan 03, 2018 11:12 AM
kikiki pep thought it's 100m
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timelessmessi Joined: 10 Dec 2017
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timelessmessi Jan 03, 2018 11:10 AM
@Michaeltshigama he is winning not justifying his loses like mourinho wena just a hater no more or less than that
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thobz09 Jan 03, 2018 10:56 AM
Lol he drew once and won all this past festive season, others were losing and drawing games...but yall twarts think he's the one feeling the preasure, whats wrong with u guys???
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Ntuthuko5110 Jan 03, 2018 10:54 AM
it is not far .epl players are slaves .they dnt rest .everyone is complaining abt a heavy schedule .
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ZZ2 vs Papa charles Jan 03, 2018 10:25 AM
@Michaeltshigama imagin if it was mourinho?he's not one who complain abt injuries but mourinho bcos hospital is a second home for man utd players but jose soldier-on,nxt season he wont make top4
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Michaeltshigama Jan 03, 2018 10:13 AM
He's starting to feel the pressure now
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JOMMAK Jan 03, 2018 10:11 AM
The English don't care about quality Pep, just play and beat them every week until they change their useless quantity approach...

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