‘Doesn’t matter to Pep at all’ – Man City fans react as Premier League set for U-turn on substitution rule

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Manchester City fans have been reacting to a post on Twitter which relays a report that claims Premier League clubs are set to agree to five substitutions being permitted from next season.

Teams have voted against the introduction of five substitutes on three occasions in the past two years, leaving England’s top flight as with the only top‑level league in Europe where three changes for any team in any given match remains the maximum permitted.

Some clubs wanted to continue with the five-sub rule ahead of the 2020/21 season, with the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Tottenham all reportedly voting for the change.

The issue is once again being voted on at a Premier League stakeholders meeting in London on Thursday following several attempts to get the rule re-introduced by a number of sides over the last two years.

And while many Premier League clubs were against re-implementing the rule, there is a high confidence that there is enough support for it finally to be brought back, according to The Times.

The Premier League increased the number of allowed replacements to five when it restarted in June 2020 following the first Covid lockdown. However, it reverted back to three last season, despite all other major European leagues continuing to stick with five.

Two of the biggest critics of the league’s decision not to use the two extra substitutions have been Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

The news was shared on Twitter by City Xtra and it attracted plenty of attention from Man City supporters.

“Doesn’t matter to pep at all..”
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“Just for Pep to use one sub in the 87th minute.”
Credit: @Cityzilla

“Doesn’t matter for City. Pep won’t use them.”
Credit: @flexibletactics

“Doesn’t effect us.”
Credit: @CityTwizt

“Doesn’t benefit us at all since Pep still gonna use 0 subs.”
Credit: @mxnciteh

“Good for the big teams, bad for the game.”
Credit: @CityXtraPod

“To help with the development of youth players, I think they should make it that at least 1 of those 5 should be a u21 academy product.”
Credit: @OneEyedLycan

“Scenes when Pep still uses 0.”
Credit: @SxrgioSZN

“Personally I dont like it and even though we have a strong squad it could also be to our detriment as it allows other teams to break up the game even more and replace any tired legs, possibly their whole midfield.”
Credit: @LiamTaylor101

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