Guardiola’s warning for Man City trophy hunters


first_imgPep Guardiola has told his Manchester City stars they can take days off when they are retired as the Premier League champions chase success on four fronts.City, third in the table, four points behind leaders Liverpool, travel to struggling Newcastle United on Wednesday night.And, with their trip to Everton rescheduled for Wednesday, February 6 because of their involvement in the Carabao Cup final, City face a congested and challenging fixture list. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The Goodison Park visit comes between home clashes with Arsenal and Chelsea and Guardiola says his players – also in the hunt for the Champions League and FA Cup – should treat the flood of games as ‘a privilege’.Asked about the possibility of his players resting, Guardiola said: “We have a lot of games, so no way.”It is what it is. But at the same time I tell them it’s a privilege. If you believe it’s a handicap, that’s a big mistake. It’s a privilege.”When you are 35 years old you can have long holidays. No problem, you will be retired. Take a year for holidays. But for now it’s a privilege. Take it, enjoy it. Next one, win again.”The competition doesn’t matter. Friendly game? Win again. Play good, prepare well. That’s the only way. After, you work for the next season.”Guardiola, who saw his side brush aside Burnley to progress in the FA Cup at the weekend, is not taking the clash with Newcastle lightly, despite their preilous position one place above the relegation zone.The Catalan insists the game could be a ‘banana skin’ for his side if they are not fully focused.“I think no team is safe going to Newcastle,” said the City manager.“We will go there first and then it’s time to think about Arsenal [on Sunday]. Next game is the important one.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img

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