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Pep Guardiola is complaining about the festive fixture schedule despite having the biggest squad

The Man City boss says the Christmas schedule is a 'disaster' for the players

Life’s hard even when you’ve got all the money in the world.

Manchester City have almost unlimited financial backing and have filled their squad with more gems than Sheikh Mansour’s watch selection.

When you consider that for most of the season the likes of Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva have been benchwarmers and Yaya Toure has barely had a sniff, Pep Guardiola shouldn’t be complaining about fixtures congestion.


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The exact moment Pep realised his 18 match winning streak was coming to an end

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The exact moment Pep realised his 18 match winning streak was coming to an end

Well that’s exactly what he has done.

City have a 12-point lead with a game in hand and face Watford at the Etihad tonight.

But Guardiola has said the Premier League’s festive fixture schedule is a ‘disaster’ for the players.


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This is not a natural position for any footballer

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This is not a natural position for any footballer

Although the team still did very well over Christmas – winning four and drawing once.

Guardiola still had a lot of gripes over the impact of so many games in such a short space of time on his players.

The City boss said: “If you tell me that technically, physically it’s good for the players; no it’s a disaster.”

Cheers Jason Puncheon

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Cheers Jason Puncheon

To be fair, City did come out pretty badly losing both Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne.

You can thank Jason Puncheon for his hatchet job on De Bruyne.

At Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Guardiola had the luxury of giving his players some time off during the winter break.

Did this man speak to Puncheon before the game?

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Did this man speak to Puncheon before the game?

However, in England City had to play five games between the 16th and 31st of December.

Many think the league is done and dusted already but a spate of injuries could derail City’s title procession.

So it’s true after all, money doesn’t solve everything.


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