Pep Guardiola is whinging again and, while I agree with what he’s saying, I can’t help but be reminded of how the press treated Arsene Wenger when he complained about similar things.
TV companies have just moved their latest round of fixtures and Pep isn’t happy.
On top of that, he’s pissed that City have to play a lot of football over Christmas like this is something new.
He both has a point and is a little bit of a whingy cry baby, something he’s never accused of being by a press who were only too happy to label Arsene Wenger a whinger. A quick ‘Wenger whinger’ Google search brings up results from World Soccer, the Guardian, Daily Star, The S*n, The Telegraph, Huffington Post, Bleacher Report and a host of others.
Perhaps they like the alliteration. If that’s the case, may I suggest Pouty Pep?
“The system does not protect the players, it’s too much,” Guardiola said in the build-up to Saturday’s game at Crystal Palace.
“The broadcasters pay a lot of money. They don’t look at these players or this club. What is best for my money now, to pay back, they do it. The broadcasters are the bosses, it’s not about us. I’m concerned for the players. It’s a business. They do not care about the players. He’s injured? OK, another one.
“Maybe the broadcasters are fans of another club!” he joked.
“Players to the fridge! I’m not joking. Go home, open the fridge, and get inside for 48 hours. See you at the Etihad Stadium. When I open the fridge to make an omelette maybe I can talk with my players.
His Wolves counterpart Nuno Espirito Santo joined in. He was also not accused of whinging. “It’s tough, it’s dangerous,” he said. “Forty-five hours — it’s impossible to play another game. It’s absurd, ridiculous.
“The players have to compete and we will. But people who decide this don’t have the consciousness of the physical impact for the players during a game. I will be ready, but I don’t have to run 12 kilometres one-and-a-half days before.”
City have 118 hours between their three games over the festive period.
If only they’d spent £1billion on players and had the strongest squad in the league…..poor Pep.