In the midst of a hectic fixture schedule, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola accused football officials of failing in their duty of treatment, saying players are’ not robots.’
“Nobody cares about the players. It is about business. The reality is what it is,” he said.
City was given an extra week of rest before opening its season with a victory at Wolves after a run to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Guardiola, claims Goal, still critiqued the football calendar, and told reporters:
“It is not just Man City, it is all the clubs and countries. Nobody cares about the players.
“The players had a two-week pre-season and now they have to play every three days for 11 months. We will not change anything saying the opposite.
“I understand it is an exceptional situation for everyone – restaurants, theatres, cinemas, museums.
“Everyone is struggling. We are not an exception. We have to believe in what we are doing and try and play a good game.
“We have three players who came back from national teams injured. We cannot control that. They let them play two games in four days without preparation. They are not machines.”
As matches come thick and quick in 2020-21 following the coronavirus-hit 2019-20 season, Pep Guardiola vented his anger: “Everyone – the Premier League, UEFA, EFL – have defended their own business and position.”