Manchester City returned to victories after their goalless draw at Crystal Palace, they beat Watford 3-1 at home, but a good part of Pep Guardiola’s Press conference was spent on… a bigger issue than a single match.
I know here in England the show must go on, but that’s not normal guys. We’re going to kill the players. They play 11 months in a row. We have to protect them and play with quality and not quantity. We have to think about the artist
the Man City manager told reporters, commenting on the super hectic festive season, in which, teams may play even every 48 hours.
I know it is not going to change but for what? Life would survive without playing every two days. Nothing would happen. You can play every three, four or five days but not play every two days because at the end injuries like with Kyle Walker happen, or yesterday with other players
the Catalan said, pointing out something rather self-evident, that the Christmas and New Year’s period in England is just… too much for the players.
I am not saying you have to change the amazing thing that you play on Boxing Day and the people can watch at home all around the world – but you cannot play a tough game at midday at Selhurst Park, come back, the people can celebrate New Year’s Eve and then play two days later. The people who understand about that, they say it is impossible to recover 48 hours after a game. That is not basketball or tennis where you can play every day or every two days – here the players need recovery
Guardiola also said, concluding
I think this is not going to happen because tradition is tradition but just think about it a little for the players please – they are artists, the reason why all together we are here.