Guardiola claims Premier League is 'killing' his players - FCNaija

EPL By: Linus Onyeze | 03/01/2018

Despite leading the Premier League table with a massive 15 points, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has cried that the festive schedule is ‘killing’ his players, given the number of injuries they and other teams have suffered within the period.

City, like the rest of the Premier League have had to contend with two games in three days, a development that has left Guardiola asking some questions of the league authorities, as Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus suffered injuries against Crystal Palace (even though the former returned for their win over Watford last night), while Kyle Walker also appeared to be struggling with a knock towards the end of the victory over Watford and Guardiola branded the treatment of players ‘not normal’.

"How many injuries the players have in the last weeks - we're going to kill them,’ Guardiola said. ‘The federation has to reflect. It's not normal guys.

“This is not basketball, it's not tennis - players need recovery. See how many players get muscular injuries in that period but the show must go on.

“They make a lot of anti-doping to control us (but) we don't protect the players. Everyone is in this business for the players. Not for you, not me, for the performance of the players.

"Here in England we don't protect them. You can play every three, four or five days but not every two days.

“I'm not saying change the amazing thing on Boxing Day but you cannot play at midday at Selhurst Park and then come back two days later.

"We have a lot of staff to take care of them but the schedule doesn't protect them,” he added. “Tradition is tradition but think about it a little bit. They are artists. They are the reason why we are here.”