Cape Town - Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has expressed his
annoyance with the Premier League's congested festive season schedule.
The champions are one of five clubs who face two games in
less than 48 hours this week.
City travel to Wolves for a 19:45 kick-off on Friday and
then host Sheffield United at 18:00 on Sunday.
Guardiola has complained before about the close proximity of
the two fixtures, which were confirmed when TV schedules were announced in October
and has since made representations to the competition's organisers.
Speaking sarcastically, Guardiola said: "I wrote a
letter to the Premier League to say thank you and we are going to the fridge
after Wolves to get ready for Sheffield United.
"We are training on the 23rd and 24th. The night of
24th is off the morning of 25th, (we) off. Then 26th training and 27th Nuno's
(Espirito Santo) team."
Guardiola wants his players to have greater recovery time
One such star he would undoubtedly wish to protect is Kevin
De Bruyne, who was outstanding in City's 3-1 defeat of Leicester on Saturday.
De Bruyne, who also shone in last week's win at Arsenal,
admits it will be tough to maintain the momentum over the festive period.
The Belgian said: "The first game is in five or six
days, so that's OK, but the other one - I don't know what to do. We'll see how
everybody feels after 48 hours.
"Normally it would be impossible to play but it's the
schedule and we just have to find a way to manage, but we'll see what happens.
"Hopefully everybody feels all right for these two
games but obviously we're going to have to change a few players."
- TeamTalk Media