Pep Guardiola once again criticised the domestic schedule.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has taken a swipe ahead of the Carabao Cup clash against Liverpool. It raises questions about the busy football schedule.
The Premier League winners will resume their domestic season on Thursday. The Sky Blues will host Klopp’s side at the Etihad Stadium in the EFL Cup.
The two heavyweights of English football will lock horns in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup. The EFL Cup 4th round started just after the World Cup final.
Man City striker Julian Alvarez just featured in the World Cup final and he will be absent from this important tie. Not just Alvarez, but also 16 players from the club took part in FIFA World Cup 2022. Some players also participated in knockout rounds.
Meanwhile, Erling Haaland, Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan, Riyad Mahrez, and Sergio Gomez all played in City’s friendly against Girona.
But, the Man City manager admitted that only a few first-team stars could be available for the EFL Cup tie. Pep Guardiola once again criticised the domestic schedule.
“At the moment, we have four or five players, and we will have to wait and see how the others come back,” said the Manchester City boss.
“But we just don’t have players because the big brains of football decided this schedule and we are going to play this game.
“Some players are coming back now and in the next few days and step by step, they will re-join their teammates here.
“People are coming back soon. Nathan [Ake], Aymer [Laporte], and Rodri, and later the players from the England and Portugal teams.”
Meanwhile, Man City will resume their Premier League campaign on Wednesday 28th December as they will travel to Elland Road to meet Leeds United. Pep’s men are five points behind Arsenal in the Premier League table.
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