Pep Guardiola has professed that nowadays players are losing the innate happiness in playing football.
Because of Covid-19 striking earlier this year, matches were delayed and the new 2020-21 season is now being rushed and matches are crammed into a tight schedule – which in turns, creates a lot of stress for players.
‘The problem today is the players lose the joy of playing football,’ Guardiola said.
‘Before it was nice playing football once or twice a week with spectators. Now it’s three days and then another one. We will travel to Porto to win, then prepare against Fulham.’
‘It’s not about rotation now,’ Guardiola said. ‘The players who don’t make mistakes – like John Stones in defence – deserve to play more games.
Guardiola also provided an update on Sergio Aguero – and it seems as though the striker will be back on the field not before next week.
‘Sergio depends how he wakes up,’ Guardiola added. ‘He makes good training sessions and then has some niggles. He woke up with a little problem in his knee.
‘We know the injury he had is not easy for the recovery. We have to handle it as best as possible.