Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola has blasted the heighest football decision making bodies in Europe and the World, UEFA and FIFA respectively for failing to protect players with their schedules.
According to the Spanish coach, the schedules are too much for the players and demand that coaches constantly rotate their squads to be able to manage injuries.
He is particularly furious about FIFA’s decision to increase the number participating teams in the 2022 Qartar World Cup to 48.
To him, the more the teams the more the playing time and that’s going to have adverse effects on players.
“Now they talk about a World Cup of 48 teams. We are going to kill the players,”
Below is the full tex of what he said;
“We are looking for the quality and forget the quantity so the players don’t rest, they have a lot of pressure.
“There is more competition, more games. The intensity is high here.
“In Spain they have four teams in the Champions League and three in the Europa League.
“So the level in Spain is higher than here, in terms of going forward.
“We accept the decision. Fifa will decide and we accept the decision and if we are not happy we go home.
“They are focusing more and more and more, and it affects the quality.
“I am thinking just for the players. They have to breathe, to break, to enjoy.
“This kind of thing is impossible because we are going to finish [the season], then after one week the World Cup, then after three weeks we go to the pre-season, we go to China, the [United] States, Australia.
“You play against Milan, Juventus, [Real] Madrid and you have to win, people demand you have to play good.
“[You have] no preparation then you come back and it’s 11 months again and [then] it’s the European Cup. You do this for 10 or 12 years and we don’t think about the players.
“For that reason there has to be huge squads, more money for the clubs to spend. It’s just three substitutions now, why can’t you make four, five or six?
“All the players are [then] involved more than before, the coaches can use different tactics.
“[There would be] less injuries, more open games, everything would be better. But OK, Fifa have other opinions.
“We have to protect the players and we do not do that. From players today, we are demanding too much, from my point of view.”