Pep Guardiola has rallied behind other managers to say that the PL fixture schedule is absolutely impossible to manage.
I don’t understand, I don’t know who is in charge to decide these things, but I don’t know how they don’t understand when all the leagues around the world except this league have five substitutions, to protect the players, to protect the footballers, to protect the physicality of playing every three days“, said Pep Guardiola.
He continued: “Maybe this league likes to be different. The situation is unusual; it is different. That’s why I am surprised, I don’t understand, and since I have a microphone and people ask me about this, I will have the same theory. It’s not to take advantage, it’s to protect the players, today a right-back from the national team is injured for that reason, and tomorrow it will be another player.
“Today the right-back for the national team for England is injured, and other players. It’s so demanding for the players, the same argument all the time,” he concluded.
Speaking about the game, Pep added: I am maybe happier than ever [with the start]. 12 games, we lost one in all competitions. We concede three penalties, today we concede one because we didn’t learn, hopefully this is the last time we give the opponents a penalty like this.”