The governing bodies of football are putting too many games on the plate of today’s professional footballers, claims Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.
Clubs all across Europe have had to endure a brutal schedule of back-to-back games this season, due to the Coronavirus pandemic delaying the end of the 2019/20 season - and according to Pep Guardiola, it is all too much for the players.
"UEFA, FIFA kill the players, it's too much. We didn't have one mid-week off since we started [the season]. Not even one. No player can sustain, not just physicality, mentally to be ready every day to compete against opponents to win the game."
"It's impossible", said Pep Guardiola during the aftermath of his side's 2-0 win over Leicester City on Saturday afternoon.
Due to the jam-packed schedule, clubs have been forced to use their entire squads in an effort to not stretch their players too thin - and the current Premier League leaders are no exception.
"They're humans, not machines. I rotate because it is not possible to play every day - to win all competitions in this year without spectators when we start later and finish earlier, you cannot be there where we are if you don't rotate."
Guardiola continued, "Ilkay [Gundogan], Joao [Cancelo], of course, they could play because they have that mentality but they need rest. We don't have even one midweek off. No player can do that and be ready mentally every game."
Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Leicester kicked off a month of seven games for the Blues. If they are to make the ever elusive run to a Champions league final, the schedule will not ease until the final day.
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