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Guardiola together with Nuno has criticized the Premier League’s festive schedule. City’s boss called it dangerous while Wolves boss, Nuno Santo says it is “absurd.”


City hosts Sheffield United 48 hours after losing 3-2 at Wolves.

Guardiola said, “It is decided and we have to adapt.” Later on, he added, “the managers and everybody agrees it is dangerous.”

On the other hand, Nuno was sailing on the same boat as Guardiola. He said, “all the managers and all the players are concerned.”

This season, Wolves has completed the double over City. Nonetheless, they will face the league leaders, Liverpool on Sunday. Nuno reacted on it and said, never before had he faced two tough teams “with 45 hours between games.”

“It is going to be tough. Let’s not think about how we are going to do it. Let’s rest and recover and then we can think about how we are going to play.”

“For the moment, the schedule is “absurd. There is no explanation. So all the decisions we make will be based on us. How are we to play football?”

“It is not only Wolves. It is all the teams.”

Southampton manager, “Ralph Hasenhuttl also voiced his concerns concerning the hectic schedule. He said, “it is unbelievable. We couldn’t prepare anything for this game. I don’t know what this schedule is about.”

“We had no sessions to work on anything. Why don’t we just play Thursday, Sunday, Wednesday.?”

“I know Saturday is a big day for football but it’s not necessary.”

No new signings for City

Guardiola said there would be no new signings at the club when the transfer window re-opens in January.

The club goalkeeper, Ederson was shown a straight red card as the reigning champions played over 75 minutes with 10 men in the defeat at Molineux.

Guardiola said he will “have to evaluate the players” before making any changes for Sunday’s visit to Sheffield United to Etihad Stadium.

“Of course we have to pit fresh legs because Sheffield United are so physical as well. But in these conditions, I don’t know.”

“Honestly, I don’t know how the players are going to recover and how they will feel. We will see.” Said Guardiola.


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