Guardiola takes a swipe at ‘big bosses’ over festive schedule

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola thinks the schedule over the festive period is going to “kill the players” following his side’s 3-1 victory over Watford on Tuesday.

The Citizens comfortably beat the Hornets thanks to goals from Raheem Sterling, Christian Kabasele (OG) and Sergio Aguero, before Andre Gray got one back for the visitors near the end.

And Guardiola was pleased with City’s performance as he made five changes to his side for the match at the Etihad Stadium.

“We played really well,” Guardiola told the BBC. “After dropping two points, we spoke about our reaction because big teams drop points but not too much.

“We made five changes from the last game but it’s not our fault. I know here in England the show must go on, but that’s not normal guys. The big bosses should reflect that.

“We’re going to kill the players. The federations don’t think about the players but they have to. They play 11 months in a row. They have to protect them and play with quality and not quality. We have to think about the artists. But I know it won’t happen.

“Watford scored because they have good players. We will review the action but people can not expect us to win 7-0 every time.”