Patrick Vieira reveals he does not support Guardiola’s Premier League strike idea
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Patrick Vieira reveals he does not support Guardiola’s Premier League strike idea

Patrick Vieira would not support a strike by Premier League players, but the Crystal Palace manager has admitted he is concerned about his squad's recovery from coronavirus.

Pep Guardiola floated the idea of a strike to address the issue of player welfare, insisting that simply discussing the issue was ineffective.

Palace's last match against Watford was postponed due to Claudio Ranieri's side having a high number of positive Covid tests, and Vieira revealed that the south London club also has a couple of cases.

However, the Frenchman is unconcerned about the hectic Christmas schedule, preferring to ensure that those who have been away are not rushed back too soon.

“I don’t know if they would be right to do it, the only thing I can tell you is I am against this kind of strike,” Vieira said.

“What is really important at the moment is the voice of players or managers should be heard a little bit more.”

“I am not worried about the players’ welfare regarding the games during this period because it has been like that for years and years. What I am worried about is the players’ welfare regarding Covid.

“I think players coming back from a Covid situation and asking them to play, having not had enough training, is a lot on them. This is what I am worried about.”

What Guardiola said:

“Should the players and the managers be all together and make a strike, or something, because just through words it’s not going to be solved!”

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