Guardiola Wary Of 'Terrible' Fixture Congestion In February
Manchester City has gone through a tight fixture in December where they lost three games, but February is here and it poses a tighter schedule.
City Manager, Pep Guardiola believes the demands of challenging for four trophies throughout February will take even more of a toll on his side than the famous demands of fixture congestion in December.
City are still in with the chance of completing a historic quadruple of the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup, but Guardiola is concerned at the intense physical demands on his squad.
A run of seven games across the four competitions in February is not quite as demanding a schedule as the nine matches they faced during December, three of which City lost.
However, Guardiola suggested that with more at stake this month, the task facing his squad is even tougher.
After beating Arsenal in the Premier League last weekend to start the month, City can go top of the table when they visit Everton on Wednesday before hosting Chelsea on Sunday.
Then comes an FA Cup fifth-round tie, the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie away at Schalke and the League Cup final against Chelsea on February 24.
"When I was abroad and before I came here, everyone talked about December," Guardiola said on Tuesday.
"But when Boxing Day was finished and I saw the schedule (for February), I said 'but this is worse'. Even worse. That is true.
"If you are out of more competitions it is more comfortable. February is tougher than December. January brings the Carabao (League) Cup and FA Cup with teams from the Championship and League One - with all respect it is different.
"Now we have Chelsea and they can prepare all week and we know how well Maurizio Sarri will prepare for the game.
"We have Schalke and the final of Carabao Cup and Premier League. It is what it is but it is nice and I prefer to be there."
Guardiola has some experience of being involved in a tight title race while contending in six competitions as Barcelona manager when they beat Real Madrid to win La Liga in 2009-10.
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