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