Pep Guardiola has warned the Premier League’s hasty return is risking player safety to stem financial damage caused by the coronavirus crisis. Photo: Reuters
Pep Guardiola has warned the Premier League’s hasty return is risking player safety to stem financial damage caused by the coronavirus crisis. Photo: Reuters

Guardiola: Packed schedule puts money before safety of players

By Jack Gaughan Time of article published Jun 17, 2020

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Pep Guardiola has warned the Premier League’s hasty return is risking player safety to stem financial damage caused by the coronavirus crisis.

Manchester City host Arsenal on Project Restart’s opening night, and Guardiola fears injuries will pile up over the coming weeks.

‘We are ready to play one game, but not another one three days later and then four days after that,’ said Guardiola, ahead of four City matches in 11 days.

‘Not just Man City, all the teams. We were in two months of holidays, lying on the sofa, and that’s why I think the players are not fully fit. But we have to finish the season because the economic damage to the clubs must be as little as possible.

‘We have to adapt, pray a little bit and be lucky.’

Guardiola, who opted against organising friendlies for his squad, believes clubs needed a longer period to train.

‘We were worried with these three weeks, the incredible lack of preparation,’ he added.

‘We know it is not enough, but it is what it is.

‘They are training well but I don’t exactly know their physical condition or how many minutes they will be at the high level.’

Daily Mail

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