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Hectic EPL schedule will 'kill' the players, warns Guardiola

Hectic EPL schedule will 'kill' the players, warns Guardiola

PEP GUARDIOLA believes the gruelling Premier League fixture schedule is going to "kill" players.

Guardiola insists that his players can not afford to become complacent, however, with plenty of work still to be done.

"There is a flaw in Jose Mourinho's argument that the difference between Manchester United and Manchester City is money", the Sky Sports pundit told The Daily Telegraph.

"We missed the last action but it is normal in a period of a lot of games, in the period where we are". "We are here, we are professional - and I don't like to rest".

"January is going to be tough, as December has been". It's not basketball or tennis, the players need recovery.

'I'm not saying change the unbelievable thing on Boxing Day but you can not play at midday at Selhurst Park and then come back two days later'.

Meanwhile, Jesus' loss is a blow to player and club, especially in a World Cup year that promises so much for the 20-year-old Brazilian star. You can't play every two days.

Guardiola's men bounced back on Tuesday after dropping points at Crystal Palace, beating Watford 3-1 in a dominant performance. "If we don't have the ball we try to press high and recover as soon as possible".

"I have until 2020, I think".

Replays showed the striker may have been offside when he scored, and a few minutes later he was incorrectly ruled offside when he was played in on goal.

Since the win over the Toffees, Southampton have lost four and drawn four games.

Both players were stretchered off the pitch but Owen was laughing about it on live TV.

"In some of the games - not just here but away as well - we have done really well".

With the Premier League as competitive as it is now, it is truly remarkable to see what Guardiola has achieved so far.

"We have set a new record in the Premier League".

But what was more worrying was the injury to Kevin De Bryune.

De Bruyne was carried off on a stretcher in injury time, moments after Ederson's penalty save, and was helped along the touchline by two members of City's medical staff after the final whistle.

"We made five changes but it's not our fault. We controlled the game and played really well, especially in the first half", Spaniard Llorente said.

He said: "They look like twins". They know each other for a long time. It is nice to see them playing the way they are playing now.

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