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Guardiola worries about fixture congestion and lack of recovery time

Pep Guardiola is advocating for changes in response to the growing strain on players caused by an escalating fixture schedule.

The Manchester City manager made these remarks in reference to FIFA’s recent announcement to expand the Club World Cup into a 32-team tournament starting in 2025. While Guardiola expresses that he is not inherently opposed to the new event, considering City’s secured participation, he emphasizes the need for adjustments in the fixture to alleviate the increasing workload on players.

Additionally, The Spaniard told reporters at a press conference: “I am not against the new competitions. I am against the lack of time to recover from year to year.

“This is what I am complaining (about) all the time. For me it doesn’t matter to play every three days, six days, seven days. It is OK.

“But it is really tough to finish the season and then in three weeks restart again and go to Asia, to be financially stable, or the States. That is really, really tough, for ourselves and especially for the players. For myself, things should change. This is my point.

“But how do you change when (after) you finish the season, you go to the States to play another competition? This is the problem.”

Additionally, Guardiola delivered his remarks in Saudi Arabia, where his team, the Champions League winners Manchester City, is getting ready for the current edition of the Club World Cup. But Their upcoming challenge is against Urawa Red Diamonds, the Asian champions, in the semi-final set to take place in Jeddah on Tuesday.

“It’s a pleasure to be here, it’s an honour,” said Guardiola.

“It’s the first time Man City are here. That shows how difficult it is. We won’t take it for granted. We take it as a privilege.

“Of course we want to win it. It is a trophy we don’t have. We want to close a little circle, that we have won all the trophies we could do. This is the last one.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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