Pep Guardiola

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has expressed his displeasure at Manchester City’s schedule which he says is taking a toll on his players.

The Spaniard revealed that his squad were administered “71 treatments” between their games against Atletico Madrid and Liverpool last week as they try to defend their league title and win the Champions League.

“Our physios made 71 treatments in the space between Atletico Madrid and the semi-final against Liverpool. The doctor came to me. But it’s not for just one game, it’s after these three ‘finals’. (The medics) told me as it was more than usual. The schedule is what it is,” Guardiola told reporters.

City’s last four games included home and away Champions League matches against Atletico Madrid as well as Premier League and FA Cup fixtures against Liverpool, all in the space of 12 days.

The injuries saw Kyle Walker and Kevin de Bruyne miss their FA Cup semi-final defeat to Liverpool after picking up injuries against Atletico in the second leg.

City trail Premier League leaders Liverpool by two points but can return to the top if they beat Brighton & Hove Albion later on Wednesday.

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