Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he has no choice but to keep making changes due to an overly congested fixture list, while claiming that “UEFA & FIFA killed the players” with their scheduling choices.
Guardiola made six changes to his starting XI at the King Power Stadium on saturday as City moved closer to regaining the title thanks to goals from Benjamin Mendy and Gabriel Jesus.
Speaking after his side’s 2-0 Premier League successron Saturday, the Spaniard insists he needs to keep changing his side to ensure they avoid burnout and can battle for the quadruple.
“They are human beings, they are not machines,” said Guardiola.
“I know the players some of them are upset all the time because they want to play every day but this is not possible.
“To compete in all competitions in this year without spectators, in the shortest competition ever, (if) you don’t rotate you don’t compete in all competitions and you will not be in the position we are in now.
“Of course they could play, they have an incredible mentality but they need rest. UEFA and FIFA killed the players because it’s too much. We haven’t had one midweek off since we started, not even one.
“There is no player who can sustain (this), not just physically but mentally to be ready every day to compete against opponents to win the game. It’s impossible.
“I rotate I’m a genius, ‘well done Pep’ but when we lose and I rotate people say ‘why rotate? You have to play the players like normal’. But it’s unsustainable.
“The next game we are going to play fresh legs and against Leeds, more than ever, fresh legs.”
Dortmund are fifth in the Bundesliga, seven points adrift of the top four after a 2-1 home defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, but Guardiola warned against underestimating the Germans.
He said: “If one person in Manchester knows Borussia Dortmund it’s me. The culture of this club, the way they play and I will not find one single player at Borussia Dortmund without quality.
“Maybe they didn’t find the consistency in the Bundesliga but in one or two games they are able to do everything.
“I have incredible respect for what Borussia Dortmund have done. I was in Germany for three years and I know their quality.
“The quality is there, the players don’t know it because we haven’t spoken about Dortmund yet.
“We are going to prepare for the game like we prepared for Saturday, what they do, what are their strong points, weak points.”
Guardiola’s comments have raise eyebrows amongst some Man City fans who took to the social media to express yours thoughts and opinions.
? They are 14 points behind us and been knocked out of all the cups.— Alberto Marcano 🇻🇪 (@MarcVale27) April 4, 2021
Pep has a big squad, he can rotate players. He is talking on behalf of other clubs,— Dr Mattens (@mtambudze) April 5, 2021
I feel Guardiola will mess it up— Magalhaes Bhai (@ACGudda1) April 4, 2021
He should go with what works— Magalhaes Bhai (@ACGudda1) April 4, 2021
No need to be over clever 🙄
Isn't Ligue 1 below the Bundesliga in terms if quality?— Thinking… (@MackDaddyLawson) April 4, 2021
Give pep just a 3min video of a club,and he’ll tell u their strengths and weakness,and even dissect deeper and explain their tactics more than the team coach pep is underrated and it hurts me 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/xLMguZMTil— NORMAN-SILVA💙 (@VirgioRepulic) April 4, 2021