English Premiership

Guardiola turns down Man City warm-weather break

2019-03-07 14:30
Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Pep Guardiola reportedly rejected the opportunity this week to take his players away on a warm-weather training break.

There was a rare fixture-free opportunity to fly out to Abu Dhabi but the Manchester City chief felt his squad would be better served spending time with their families, following a recent brutal run of games.

City players returned to training on Thursday after being given two days off, with Guardiola wary of letting the intensity levels drop too much after returning to the Premier League summit last weekend.

The Catalan may also have noted how title rivals Liverpool have struggled to recapture their best form after visits to Dubai and Spain in recent weeks.

However, some eyebrows were still raised at Guardiola's stance, with his team remaining in the hunt for a quadruple of trophies this term and a mounting injury-list.

City are currently without midfielders Fernandinho and Kevin De Bruyne, plus central defenders Aymeric Laporte and John Stones, which has stretched even the vast resources at the Etihad.

The Manchester giants could end up playing 14 games more than Liverpool before the season ends and Guardiola doesn't want to hand his players any excuses for tiredness and to keep their focus.

 

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