Manchester City boss claims festive schedule is “killing players”

Pep Guardiola unhappy after Kyle Walker becomes latest Manchester City player to be injured

Manchester City boss claims festive schedule is “killing players”

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Matthew

January 3rd, 2018

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Manchester City are fifteen points clear at the top of the Premier League, with the leaders still unbeaten in the top flight after Tuesday’s 3-1 win against Watford.

However, the victory came at a cost with Kyle Walker the latest City player to sustain an injury and Pep Guardiola is in no doubt that the defender’s thigh strain is down to playing too much football over Christmas.

“He might have a little problem – what everyone saw in the last weeks is how many injuries the players have,” Guardiola said. “We are going to kill them. The bosses have to reflect. It’s not normal to play 31st and two days later.

“I know the show must go on but that is not normal, they have to control it. They don’t protect the players, they are the people we 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 [the matches] out. I’m not saying change Boxing Day [games]. But you cannot play at 12 at Selhurst Park but are thinking about the game two days later. It’s not basketball or tennis – the players need recovery. Just see how many muscular injuries there are. We have a lot of people here [at City] to take care of them, but the schedule does not protect the player. I think the schedule will always happen because of the tradition but think about the players – they are artists.”

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