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Pep hits out at UEFA and FIFA for fixture congestion

Pep Guardiola has once again hit out at UEFA and FIFA for their fixture congestion and says the governing bodies choose ‘quantity’ over ‘quality’.

Manchester City face Tottenham in the Carabao Cup final in what will be the club’s seventh fixture of a grueling April schedule, with the first leg of a Champions League semi-final with Paris Saint-Germain to come before the end of the month.

 

Guardiola was questioned after making several changes to his side for the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea last weekend, though has come out again in criticism of the fixture scheduling by football’s leading bodies.

Plans have also been announced to expand the Champions League from 32 to 36 teams from 2024/25, with participating clubs set to play 10 group stage fixtures – an increase from the current system of six.

With just two days to recover from a domestic cup final until their Champions League semi-final, Guardiola has hit out at UEFA and FIFA for their continued lack of concern for the demands on players.

“Every time it’s the same,” Guardiola said at his pre-match press conference.

“All of football asks for better quality and they (UEFA) go for quantity.

“We are not in charge so maybe we have to ask Uefa and Fifa to extend the year. Maybe we could have 400 days a year and they will be a solution.

“I don’t know, honestly.”

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