Wednesday 12 December 2018

Guardiola says he won't moan

Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola praised his Manchester City side for balancing their domestic and Champions League ambitions but hinted that unhelpful scheduling was costing English teams in Europe.

City drew a key group match in Borussia Monchengladbach 1-1 on Wednesday evening and were straight back in action at Burnley in the early game on Saturday at Turf Moor.

Champions League sides in other European countries are often offered more sympathetic timings either side of continental clashes but the demands of TV mean that is not the case in the Premier League.

Speaking after a narrow 2-1 win over the Clarets, Guardiola refused to moan but dropped a heavy suggestion that the fixture list was a factor in the diminishing returns at Champions League level.

"What happened to English teams in the last decade is your (England's) problem, you have to analyse, not me," he said. "We are not the only ones, it happens to all teams. I'm not a guy who complains so much, believe me. It's happened...what can I do? Call the federation? No. They are going to change? No."

Guardiola now has the rare luxury of a full week to prepare for Saturday's home game against Chelsea.

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