Pep Guardiola has revealed Manchester Metropolis‘s hectic schedule is taking its toll on his gamers after membership medical employees needed to deal with 71 totally different accidents final week.
Guardiola is making ready his workforce for Brighton’s go to to the Etihad on Wednesday and talking at a information convention on Tuesday, the Metropolis boss mentioned the 2 double-headers in opposition to Liverpool and Atletico Madrid have come at a price.
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Kyle Walker and Kevin De Bruyne each picked up accidents at Wanda Metropolitano and Walker stays unavailable to face Brighton.
“Our physios made 71 remedies within the house between Atletico Madrid and the semifinal in opposition to Liverpool,” mentioned Guardiola. “The complete determine is 71, it’s true. I noticed the individuals there. The physician got here to me.
“It’s not for one sport, it’s after three ‘finals.’ Once they come and say Kyle [Walker] is prepared, however he didn’t play a lot minutes, you’ll be able to deal with it.
“That’s why it was harder, however you inform me the way you compete. The final 15 or 20 minutes of the primary half [against Liverpool] was tough, however the opponent.”
After a gruelling Champions League quarterfinal second leg in opposition to Atletico, Guardiola was compelled to make seven modifications for the FA Cup semifinal defeat to Liverpool at Wembley. It prompted requires Metropolis to extend the dimensions of their squad to deal with the challenges of attempting to win 4 trophies each season however Guardiola says he desires to maintain a smaller group.
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“I prefer to work with not an enormous, large depth of squad,” he added. “Within the 10 days in opposition to Liverpool, Atletico, Liverpool, Atletico, you want many gamers, however not essentially 25 or 27 gamers. I don’t prefer it, it’s tough to deal with.
“You want 16, 17 or 18, who it’s a must to have all of the whereas match, in any other case it’s tough to deal with all the competitions and be prepared for all of them in the perfect situation. This isn’t an argument, it’s a truth, as a result of I lived it.”