Pep Guardiola has expressed his displeasure with the Premier League’s scheduling, with Manchester City set to face Newcastle within three days of the European Super Cup, and the team will hardly be rested enough.
Manchester City will face Sevilla in Athens on Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 8 p.m., followed by the Magpies, led by Eddie Howe, at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium. Guardiola’s side are away to Burnley on August 11 before taking on Sevilla. It will be a busy first month of the new season for City, who have already played one official game in the Community Shield.
As well as reviewing the game after the Community Shield, Guardiola turned his attention to his side’s upcoming matches, with Manchester City preparing for three games in eight days, both of which are away from home. “We reached the Champions League final last season and became champions, the players then went to their national teams and by now they probably didn’t even have a three-week break.”
“We’ve come back to prepare now, trained in Manchester for a couple of days and then went to pre-season in Asia. We played well against Bayern and the other two games and a few days later we played the Community Shield final, we can’t complain about the tight schedule but it is what it is. “
“We have to recover well and get ready for the game against Burnley, then travel to Athens and finish the game at 2am, then come back on Friday to prepare for the league game with Newcastle and then host Eddie Howe’s side on Saturday and hopefully no one gets injured and we just don’t lose.