Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has blamed the FA and the English Premier League for the punishing fixture schedule.
The blame comes at a time when Spurs and Manchester United are without striker Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford with Guardiola suggesting that the two bodies were ruining England’s chances of success at Euro 2020.
Kane suffered a ruptured tendon in his hamstring which required surgery, while Rashford sustained a double stress fracture of his back.
Speaking ahead of their Tuesday game with Sheffield United, Guardiola said: “The players deserve to be treated as they should be, so they perform as well as possible.
“It’s unsustainable. The players fall down. It’s too much. They (the authorities) should reflect on it but all the managers complained about it and they don’t care. The players suffer. We push and push, but the body says stop, it’s enough. Of course, it’s too much to expect.
“The players arrive at the Euros, playing with the national teams, trying their best, then back hereafter no more than 20 days because the business, the show must go on. The big administration people cannot complain, because it’s normal this happens.
“With that number of games, players break down. I’m not surprised. I’m so sorry for them.”
City has had a torrid season in their bid to defend their title; the club currently placed second with 48 points.
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