One Premier League boss this week reveals why he wants the Carabao Cup scrapped, and it’s certainly caused a stir with fans online.
Manchester City‘s Pep Guardiola is the man that has called to get rid of the English cup competition in order to ease fixture congestion, which is causing plenty to get injured lately.
Tottenham and Manchester United have lost Harry Kane (hamstring) and Marcus Rashford (back) and it could have dire effects on them preparing or even taking part at Euro 2020 this year.
The Red Devils have already played a total of six matches by the third full week of 2020 – with Spurs at five for the year so far – and the hectic schedule continues for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side who have an incredible four more games to go by the 1st of February.
Guardiola – whose’s side have to play eight times in January – believes removing a whole tournament would help the players’ fitness and overall health.
United and Spurs’ have already had to play out their third-round replays, and Man Utd also have a two-legged Carabao Cup semi-final this month.
Man City boss Pep on wanting the Carabao Cup scrapped: “I’m not surprised [by the injuries]. With that number of games, players break down. That is normal.
“Kane and Rashford are incredibly important players for England. The big administrators cannot complain because it’s normal that this happens.
“It is unsustainable. We demand a lot from the players, it’s too much. We told them when we are with the Premier League. They should reflect [on] it but all the managers complained about it and they don’t care.
“Eliminate competitions, take them out. Less games, less competitions, less teams, more quality, less quantity.
“In the Bundesliga there are 18 teams not 20, one cup not two. In Spain, they have a break.
“The fans will go to the theatre, to the cinema, restaurants. People can live without football for a while – that is not a problem. It is too much.”
Accrington Stanley owner Andy Holt took a look at the above clip and simply said “@AndyhHolt Eliminate @ChampionsLeague Pep.”
Fans took to give their views after seeing that Manchester City boss wants the Carabao Cup scrapped…
When you next see Pep, tell him THIS is what a fixture pile-up looks like. Until his comes within a million miles of this, he should just get on with the job.
Moreover, @LUFC were FINED for playing an 'under strength' team in one of those games (Derby IIRC). pic.twitter.com/4K227SE440
— Bernie Baldwin (@BernieBaldwin) January 21, 2020
The top of the pyramid have massive squads, paid wages I can only dream of & the best of everything. I've no time for this players are tired & have it hard bollocks, they're bloody footballers. Stop buggering off on pre season world tours & I might listen but he'll need to shout
— Rob Simpson (@rbsimpson1) January 20, 2020
It's time to reign those competitions in before it's too late for the majority of the domestic clubshttps://t.co/rc7e739jqU
— FA Cup Factfile (@FACupFactfile) January 21, 2020
Selfish, shortsighted nonsense.
So h wants to get rid of a cup that helps the lower leagues, but happy to play more Champions League games?
Does he know City played in League One once. When the Sheik gets bored, they could easily end up back there!
— Rob Mac (@Deadly_sub) January 21, 2020
So he’s happy to, in his words, “eliminate” an English institution. Please bring back the days when winning the League Cup and the FA Cup was something to be proud of. When winning these trophies meant something. Now they are just a hindrance to the coaches/clubs like these
— Jason Harvey ⚫️⚪️⚫️⚪️ (@jaseharvey2) January 20, 2020
If Pep wants fewer games in a season, he should opt out of the Champions League. I’m sure the team that finishes 5th will be more than happy to take on this extra commitment in Man City’s place
— Richard Ollerenshaw (@RichOllerenshaw) January 21, 2020
How about playing less pre season games overseas before and after the season ends.
— Tom O (@Tom_OAFC) January 21, 2020
Its almost boring to point out the hypocrisy of these comments as they plan pre-season tours around the globe and an expanded Champioms League. I just wish journalists would directly challenge him and others on it.
— Douglas Jefferson (@doug_jeff) January 21, 2020
EFL and non-league teams play more games than premier league, with supposedly worse fitness regimes. I have never understood premier league teams complaining about fixture congestion. Dont get rid of cup competitions, play league games during the "international break" with kids.
— Matt Arnold (@arniebats) January 21, 2020
If he's not bothered over it & thinks it's a burden then just play your u23s
— Tom (@tombury89) January 21, 2020
Why not remove the league from champions league and make that a straight knockout? Maybe something about money I don't know..
— Chris Pinkney (@CIvanderP) January 21, 2020
Eliminate a cup concerning 92 teams for the benefit of 4. Pep and Klopp are amazing as managers but their incessant calling out of the fixture list is awful. They spend fortunes on a SQUAD, and any winter break would be spent in Dubai or USA or China playing matches anyway
— Ste U (@Ste_Uren) January 21, 2020
Ironic that the man who wants his B team to play a 40 game season won’t play his B team in a competition where 6 wins gets you a trophy.
— 353 PHOTOGRAPHY (@353photo) January 21, 2020
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