Participation in all competitions is something that does not bother Pep Guardiola.
Manchester City will be up against Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup tonight and that means they are competing in the FA Cup, Champions League, and Premier League. Their league’s closest rivals Liverpool will now only focus on only two competitions; the Premier League and Champions League. And Guardiola would rather have his side compete on all four fronts this season so long as they keep an injury-free squad.
“I don't know [if fewer games give Liverpool an advantage] - I don't have a theory from my experience about that. If everyone is fit and not injured we can cope with it. The problem is if you have 10 injured players, then it's almost impossible.
"I prefer it [being involved in four competitions], definitely. I like to be in the four competitions as far as possible. When Wigan put us out of the FA Cup last season I was sad. I take the cups seriously. I'm not involved in what my opponents do. The reality for Jurgen [Klopp] is he knows exactly what happened. Of course, you need a big squad - without quality, you can't even win one trophy. With the quality and amount of players we have, you can do it, because the team is always stable.” Guardiola told Sky Sports.
Man City are the defending champions in two of the four tourneys and that is the Carabao Cup and the domestic league.