Premier League: Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola 'thanks' organisers for scheduling two matches inside 48 hours

  • Manchester City visit Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday before hosting Sheffield United on Sunday

  • City's Spanish manager Guardiola said it left his players with little recovery time between the fixtures

  • City have 38 points from 18 games having played one match more than Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has written to the Premier League to “thank” them for a demanding schedule over the festive period with two matches in less than 48 hours.

Champions City, who trail league leaders Liverpool by 11 points, visit Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday before hosting Sheffield United on Sunday and Guardiola said it left his players with little recovery time.

 Premier League: Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola thanks organisers for scheduling two matches inside 48 hours

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City were rocked by two late goals from Wolves winger Adama Traore. AP

“I wrote to the Premier League to say thank you and we’re going to the fridge after Wolves to get ready for Sheffield United,” a sarcastic Guardiola, whose side defeated second-placed Leicester City 3-1 on Saturday, told reporters.

“Tomorrow (Sunday) is a day off, we’re training on the 23rd and 24th. The night of the 24th is off, the morning of the 25th off. Then 26th training and then 27th is Nuno’s team.”

Guardiola said it was “unrealistic” for his team to retain their league title from their current position, but added that they would not stop chasing unbeaten Liverpool.

City have 38 points from 18 games having played one match more than Jurgen Klopp’s side, who won the Club World Cup in Doha on Saturday.

“When a team has 16 (league) victories from 17, it’s unrealistic to think we’re going to chase them,” he added.

“It’s unrealistic right now. We have to try to win our games, secure Champions League for next season and then you never know.”

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Updated Date: Dec 23, 2019 13:40:15 IST