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Guardiola claims UEFA and FIFA are killing players with their strict schedules

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Pep Guardiola hopes to lead Manchester City to the last four of the Champions League for the first time in his tenure.

The new Premier League leaders face Borussia Dortmund in the quarterfinals, and amid the challenge of Erling Haaland, they are favorites.

The City coach, on the other hand, claims that the number of games in rapid succession this season is making his task challenging.

“They are not machines; they are human beings,” Guardiola said at a press conference.

“Some of the players are still disappointed because they want to play every day but it’s not necessary. To participate in all competitions this year without observers, in the shortest competition ever, you must rotate. If you do not rotate, you will not compete in all competitions and will not be in the place you are today. They could play, they have an excellent attitude, but they need to rest. Since it is so much, UEFA and FIFA are killing the players. We haven’t had a single midweek day off since we began. No player can daily, not only physically but also psychologically, go against rivals and win the game. It’s not likely,” he continued.

City has been linked with Haaland in recent months, but Guardiola refused to be dragged into such speculation.

“I understand that people talk about Haaland. He is a fantastic striker, but it is not appropriate for me to talk about him,” he said.

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