Should Guardiola give rest to Manchester City players ? - FCNaija

Features By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 03/03/2018

Should Manchester City rest players for their upcoming games after they have played many games with high intensity this season? the question seems simple as many will say yes and some will say no, but it is more than giving a yes or no answer without an in-depth analysis of how the season looks like to Pep Guardiola's team.

High flying Manchester City would not cease to amaze every football fans across the world with the way they approach the season despite finish the last season 15 points behind the Premier League Champions Chelsea on the final day of the season.

Manchester City's season has been tremendous and at this stage of the campaign the Etihad outfit has wrapped up the Carabao Cup in a grand style by defeating Arsenal 3-0 at the Wembley in an almost one-sided match, though out of the FA Cup but in the Premier League  we all know how far they have gone after opening 16 points lead over Manchester United who is on the second spot on the table.

with the season going to an end and Manchester City still have crunchy fixtures to face if they must achieve their aim to win treble after their lofty dream to win quadruple was dented by Wigan in the FA Cup 5th round, Guardiola and his men will need to ensure they eliminate every possible threat on their way to winning major trophies this season.

The Spanish tactician needs his players to be fit and to effect this he needs to apply effective player rotation policy so that players won't burn out before the season come to an end.

Manchester City recently defeated Arsenal in a back to back contest and in the Carabao Cup final against Arsenal he fielded his first team expect goalkeeper Moraes Ederson and also in the Premier League against the Gunners he also played a strong starting lineup without resting his major starters.

The 2017/18 season is coming to an end with just 10 games to wrap it and considering the huge gap between Manchester City and his fellow rivals one could conclude that if Manchester City win their seven next games in the Premier League the title will be secured but these games have to be approached with caution having in mind that the Champions League is also part of the competition the Etihad outfit want to win.

Manchester City will entertain Chelsea this weekend as one of those seven must-win fixtures and have secured a well deserved 4-0 victory over Switzerland Champions Basel in the first leg of the Champions League at St Jakob Park the game is a mere formality for the Citizens who will entertain Basel at home this time, Guardiola might choose to play his big guns and rest them in the Champions League as it will be a mountain to climb for Basel to defeat Manchester City 5-0 at Etihad to qualify to the quarter-final.

After the game against Basel, domestic action will begin with Stoke City who is fighting to get out of relegation zone if the proper mix of players is not featured by Guardiola he might shocked by the Bet365 outfit who are struggling to remain in top flight.

Brighton and Hove Albion will be their next opponent at the Etihad and with the Champions League getting to an advanced stage and the League yet to be wrapped up, Guardiola will need to assess the team to know who needs rest in a bid to get the proper balance of the team and not to their main focus.

The FIFA international break is also a major issue as coaches of the national team will want to call up their best players from their respective clubs and most of these players are also the star players for their clubs and in a bid to put in maximum performance for their countries some of them get injured in the process due to fatigue.

The game against Everton will also vital for the Etihad outfit it was the toffees that handed Manchester City the first draw of the season but the Etihad outfit is in a position to see significance of each game before they draw up who to feature in the game or not.

I feel the best way Guardiola can go about the end of the season business is to find a perfect blend to mix up the team against any opposition and he should also bear it in mind the significance of such match.

For example, the Basel game is done and dusted, so I think he should come out with a strong starting line up for Chelsea at Etihad on Sunday.

Other scenarios might not come out in this manner so he just needs to find a balance for the team resting those who have played more minutes and include those that are still fresh to absorb more playing time, as resting major players at a time might cost the team some vital points.