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Pep Guardiola makes a bold demand after Manchester City draw against Liverpool

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Pep Guardiola is one many managers who has openly criticised the tightly congested fixtures for all the teams involved in European competition this season.

After Liverpool’s Trent Arnold Alexander sustained an injury today, Guardiola insisted that Premier League should allow teams to make five substitutions in a match.

Talking about the change in rules during the post-match interaction with the media, Guardiola urged the English league to adopt the same policy as other football leagues in Europe. The Catalan manager expressed his concerns regarding the safety of the players.

“I don’t understand, I don’t know who is in charge to decide these things, but I don’t know how they don’t understand when all the leagues around the world except this league have five substitutions, to protect the players, to protect the footballers, to protect the physicality of playing every three days“, said Pep.

He continued: “Maybe this league likes to be different. The situation is unusual; it is different. That’s why I am surprised, I don’t understand, and since I have a microphone and people ask me about this, I will have the same theory. It’s not to take advantage, it’s to protect the players, today a right-back from the national team is injured for that reason, and tomorrow it will be another player.

“Today the right-back for the national team for England is injured, and other players. It’s so demanding for the players, the same argument all the time,” he concluded.

Although Man City dropped points for the fourth time in Premier League this season, Guardiola insisted that he is extremely happy with his team’s performance so far. He said that the Blues have only lost one match across all competitions and he looks at that as a huge upside. Here’s what he had to say,

“I am maybe happier than ever [with the start]. 12 games, we lost one in all competitions. We concede three penalties, today we concede one because we didn’t learn, hopefully this is the last time we give the opponents a penalty like this.”

Much of the Man City squad will now prepare for international fixtures over the next fortnight. Following the international break, they will prepare to take on Tottenham Hotspur later this month.


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