Published: Sat, October 19, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Manchester City left fuming over congested festive fixture schedule

Manchester City left fuming over congested festive fixture schedule

A youthful but talent-riddled front three of marquee signings in the shape of Richarlison, Moise Kean, Alex Iwobi and a refreshing midfield balance of steel and creativity with Andre Gomes and Fabian Delph, seemed to present a well-balanced Everton side which has been absent since Roberto Martinez's first season at the club. The broadcasters are the bosses in this situation.

"I love to play Boxing Day, families go to the stadiums, the players travel but the system does not protect the players too much".

Looking at positives, Guardiola did point out that his side will now have a longer rest after their clash with Leicester on December 21, as the Wolves fixture was originally planned for Boxing Day.

"We need to step up to the plate, and these are the big games that you sign up for at Man United - you have to show your quality".

City travel to Crystal Palace on Saturday, while Liverpool take on bitter rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford the following day. But I am concerned for the players.

Along with two possible fixtures in Qatar, they will face Everton, Bournemouth, Salzburg, Watford, Leicester, Wolves and Sheffield United all in the space of a month.

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While Juergen Klopp's side have a 100% record in the Premier League, United have just two league wins this season and after their 1-0 defeat by Newcastle United the global break, they are down in 12th place, 15 points behind their arch-rivals.

"Broadcasters' impact on supporters, leaving match-going fans out of pocket on numerous occasions last season, has been a growing problem in recent years as the number of televised games has increased".

"It's genuinely a different atmosphere when you play against them".

The Bayer Leverkusen manager told Germany media publication Bild that the 20-year-old attacking midfielder could be heading to a new club in the nearest future. Obviously that is evidence he has great faith in me and wants to push me towards the first team.

Mo Salah had a minor injury scare but the Egyptian has been deemed fit and will start down the right flank while Sadio Mane operates from the left-hand side. "Four days ago Ole said there was no chance for De Gea and Pogba, today it's a "maybe" and tomorrow it's '100%'. that's how these games are played", he added.

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