Pep Guardiola has a plan to ensure his Manchester Metropolis gamers address taking part in twice in lower than 48 hours in December: “Go home, open the fridge and get inside.”
The reigning champions have been dealt a difficult hand over the festive interval following fixture modifications for dwell tv protection, with their journey to Wolves now beginning at 19:45 native time on December 27.
They then welcome Sheffield United to the Etihad Stadium on December 29, that recreation kicking off at 18:00, earlier than a house match in opposition to Everton on January 1, 2020.
Requested what he can do to fight such a fast turnaround between travelling to Molineux and internet hosting the Blades earlier than the flip of the 12 months, Guardiola replied: “Gamers to the fridge. I’m not joking.
“Go house, open the fridge and get inside for 48 hours. See you on the Etihad Stadium [on December 29].
“After I open the fridge to make an omelette, perhaps I can discuss with my gamers. However aside from that, no approach.
“It happened in my first season here. I think we played on December 31 at Anfield and then at home against Burnley [on January 2].”
— Manchester Metropolis (@ManCity) October 18, 2019
Earlier than needing to be involved about Christmas plans, nevertheless, Guardiola and his squad should give attention to closing the hole to a red-hot Liverpool facet within the coming weeks.
After lacking out by a solitary level in an exciting title race in 2018-19, Jurgen Klopp’s Reds have began the brand new Premier League season with eight successive wins.
Metropolis, in distinction, have suffered defeats to Norwich Metropolis and Wolves to take a seat eight factors off the tempo in second. Nonetheless, Guardiola understands there may be nonetheless an extended method to go, significantly with Aymeric Laporte set to bolster the squad with a return from a knee damage early in 2020.
“For 11 years, no team in England has won back-to-back [titles]. It is difficult, of course it is,” the previous Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss informed the media forward of the journey to Crystal Palace on Saturday.
“However you may have a rival that’s unstoppable proper now. Eight video games, eight wins. We misplaced video games, however in Spain the massive golf equipment misplaced video games, in Italy the massive golf equipment misplaced video games, right here we face one staff who’re champions of Europe and didn’t lose one recreation.
“It’s troublesome. In some video games we might win however we didn’t win. Our errors punished us rather a lot. In the course of the season there are ups and downs. We attempt to get higher and enhance.
“From tomorrow [Saturday] and within the Champions League, we attempt to make an unimaginable step ahead, to win the sport in opposition to Atalanta [on Tuesday], then in February Laporte might be again, many of the gamers might be again.
“We will see what happens in the later stages. Normally, when you win what we have won the last two seasons and you arrive in March and April being there, after that it’s more difficult to drop points. But, in the earliest stages of the season, sometimes it’s normal.”