Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has warned that the Christmas schedule is going to kill the players and told the Football Association to put into consideration spacing out fixtures.
With 15-point advantage at the top of the Premier League, City make it tough for their rivals to keep up. Despite this, the club’s victory was marred by a possible injury to Kyle Walker, who appeared to have suffered from potential groin strain near the end of 3-1 win over Watford (check out the best betting odds).
The club’s campaign against the Hornets came two days after a hard-fought goalless draw with Crystal Palace, where City lost Gabriel Jesus to a knee injury.
With this, coach Guardiola told FA to protect players from busy schedules.
“We are going to check it out, [Kyle] might have a little problem, what everyone saw in the last weeks is how many injuries the players have. We are going to kill them,” Guardiola told a news conference.
“The bosses they need to reflect — it’s not normal to play Dec. 31 and Jan. 2. I know the show must go on. We don’t protect the players and everybody is here for the players, not the managers or the press conferences, or anyone else.
“Here in England you don’t protect the players and that is a big mistake. You have to look for the quality or not the quantity.
“You can play every three, four or five days but not every two days because of what happened with Kyle Walker.
“I’m not saying change Boxing Day. Just see how many players have muscular injuries.”
On the other hand, Manchester City were boosted as defender John Stones returned after picking up hamstring injury alongside David Silva who missed matches for personal reason.
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