Soccer Pep Guardiola: Manchester Metropolis boss says his players are ‘not machines’

Football Pep Guardiola: Manchester Metropolis boss says his gamers are ‘not machines’


football Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus celebrates scoring in the Champions League against Real Madrid
Gabriel Jesus has scored 42 wants in 103 Premier League appearances for Manchester Metropolis

Pep Guardiola has accused soccer of “not caring about players” as Manchester Metropolis put together for a busy schedule with out forward Gabriel Jesus.

Metropolis boss Guardiola, who says he solely has 13 match senior players for Sunday’s dwelling match with Leicester (16: 30 GMT), acknowledged his players had been “not machines”.

Guardiola is worried on the tight home and world schedule after a fast cease season.

“No particular person cares concerning the players. It’s concerning the alternate,” he added.

Between now and 31 October, Metropolis bear eight league and cup video games, along side two throughout the Champions League. Just a few of their players are additionally anticipated to look in world video games in October.

Brazil world Jesus has been dominated out of movement for as a minimum three weeks with a muscular grief, whereas Sergio Aguero is anticipated to fail to be acutely aware yet another seven weeks with a knee damage.

Bernardo Silva (muscular), Joao Cancelo (foot) and Oleksandr Zinchenko (muscular) are additionally out, whereas Aymeric Laporte and Ilkay Gundogan are however to play for Metropolis this season after making an attempt out particular for coronavirus.

Requested about participant welfare with so many video games in a fast place of time, Guardiola acknowledged: “The reality is what it’s.

“It simply is not good Man Metropolis, it’s the full golf equipment and international locations. No particular person cares concerning the players.

“Every particular person – the Premier League, Uefa, EFL – has defended their very comprise alternate and place.

“The players had a two-week pre-season and now they need to play each three days for 11 months. We can’t trade one thing saying the alternative.

“I do know it’s a extraordinary grief for one and all – consuming places, theatres, cinemas, museums.

“Every particular person is struggling. We’re not an exception. We have to like in what we’re doing and take a examine cross-take a take a look at at and play a factual sport.

“We have three players who bought right here help from nationwide teams injured. We can’t defend an eye fixed on that. They permit them to play two video games in 4 days with out preparation. They aren’t machines.”

‘Guardiola wants to succeed in up with one thing ingenious’

Evaluation by BBC Sport’s Simon Stone

Pep Guardiola is known for pondering outside the sphere however he wants to succeed in up with one thing considerably ingenious to obtain via this damage grief intact.

The evident dedication will likely be to shift Raheem Sterling inside right into a ‘counterfeit 9’ function, with recent signing Ferran Torres slotting in on the left, which works given he turned into purchased as a alternative for Leroy Sane.

That may per probability relate Metropolis the choice of utilising their solely attacking performer in his favoured place. Torres as a quantity 9 is yet another choice, although his lack of know-how in England plot that experiment comes linked with risk.

Guardiola did advocate 17-year-aged Liam Delap, modern from his debut draw in the direction of Bournemouth on Thursday, additionally has a chance. However given Guardiola does bear options in big positions, that may per probability correctly be a mental worthy relate.

The worthy grief for Metropolis is that we’re speaking a few month, not a single sport, and that includes the start of their Champions League advertising marketing campaign, three Premier League matches and a Carabao Cup fourth-spherical tie at Burnley.

So, all options usually tend to be aged at some degree, even when Sterling at centre-ahead is the perchance dedication for the Leicester come appropriate via.


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