Pep Guardiola sensationally called for English football to scrap one of its cup tournaments on Monday.
England was hit by serious injuries to strikers Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford this month and Manchester City Boss Guardiola blames the number competitions in ruthless domestic planning, claiming authorities have ignored complaints from managers about the well-being of players.
& # 39; I am not surprised (by recent injuries), & # 39; Guardiola said. "With that number of games, players are destroyed. That is normal. Kane and Rashford are incredibly important players for England. The big managers cannot complain because it is normal for this to happen.
& # 39; It is not sustainable. We demand a lot from the players, it is too much. We told them when we were in the Premier League. They have to think about it, but all managers have finished it and they don't care.
"Eliminate competitions, take them out. Fewer games, fewer competitions, fewer teams, more quality, less quantity. In the Bundesliga there are 18 teams not 20, a cup not two. In Spain they have a break.
"The fans go to the theater, to the cinema, to restaurants. People can live without football for a while – that's no problem. It is too much. & # 39;
The city manager's proposal to remove the gong for EFL President Rick Parry, who admitted that the future of the Carabao Cup & # 39; clearly worrying & # 39;
As revealed by Sportsmail revealed Last August, EFL clubs feared revenues could fall by 30 percent in the coming years, and cleaning up their flagship competition would further affect those projections.
Guardiola's comments are of particular interest given City is one game away from reaching a third consecutive Carabao Cup final and are intending to strictly defend their FA Cup crown after last season's domestic treble.
The 49-year-old also mocked next month's spot where every top flying club misses a weekend in an effort to relieve fatigue. Instead of traveling in a camp with warm weather, the City players have been given a full week off to recharge.
Guardiola said sarcastically that the year should be extended to 400 days to meet the needs of the FA, Premier League, UEFA and FIFA. He is concerned about the effect of international competitions without any pre-seasons.
"We're going to rest for a week in February, but then we have 72 games in a week, so it's kind of weird. But people thought about it, & he added.
"The players arrive at the euro and play with the national teams doing their best, and then (back here) after no more than 20 days because the company, the show, must continue.
"The players suffer. They want to do well and the clubs have a lot of pressure to win or to qualify for the Champions League. We push and push. The body says stop, it's enough. & # 39;
Meanwhile, La Liga president Javier Tebas has called on UEFA to punish City for financial & # 39; doping & # 39; because their & # 39; digits are incorrect & # 39 ;.
The city is currently being investigated for possible violations of the rules of Financial Fair Play, with the threat of expulsion from the Champions League still being a possibility.
They play in next year's competition, even though they are waiting for their fate, but, anticipating those developments, Tebas claimed: & # 39; It is clear that a sanction must be imposed … I know the figures of Manchester City, where their income comes from and to some extent do not add those figures up. & # 39; : & # 39; One of the most important problems in European football has to do with (financial) doping. Because when we have clubs that are funded by states, that has an impact on salaries. & # 39;
Both City and PSG have been examined with regard to FFP rules, which are designed to prevent clubs from spending more than their means.
& # 39; I think in some cases (UEFA) some FFP cases have been handled properly and for that they have to be congratulated, but there are two specific cases, Manchester City and PSG, which I think are not treated correctly, & Tebas said.
& # 39; That is not only my opinion, it is also members of the UEFA financial committee who thought it would be a good idea to reopen the PSG case. & # 39;
PSG was freed from misconduct in 2018 but City was referred to UEFA's Club Financial Cont role after accusations they inflated the value of a sponsorship agreement in what was claimed as an attempt to bypass FFP rules and deceive.
City strongly denies the accusations. Both she and UEFA refused to comment.