Jurgen Klopp is angry at the impact of the Premier League schedule on Liverpool’s four-time bid, but Pep Guardiola says the only answer to his problems is a move to the Maldives.
Pep Guardiola says Jurgen Klopp is wasting his time complaining about the fixture schedule – and said moving to the Maldives for an easy life is the only solution.
Liverpool attempted to move Saturday’s kick-off to Newcastle after appearing in the Champions League semi-final against Villarreal on Wednesday. Klopp has accused the Premier League and BT Sport of sabotaging Liverpool’s quest for the Quadruple with the 12.30pm kick-off at St James’ Park.
But Guardiola said title rival Klopp would get nothing with his rant and joked the only solution was to travel 5,500 miles to the idyllic Indian Ocean destination, a favorite retreat of the boss. the city. “I always sympathize with Liverpool’s concerns,” Guardiola said, tongue in cheek.
“How many times have we discussed what happened to us and I said ‘I don’t want to talk about it?’ Nothing is going to change. to attract more viewers.
“If I’m not satisfied, I go home and I’m not the manager of Manchester City. I go to another league in the Maldives, the Maldives league, and I play one game a week and I’m so out of it. comfortable under the coconuts. That would be so perfect, but it’s not. Do you play at 12.30? I’m sorry Liverpool, but I’m not involved in that.
“Of course I understand that, but what can I say? We are not going to fix the problem. I’ve said it many times, Sir Alex Ferguson was the most important icon in English football history and he complained about it when he was a teenager. Nothing’s gonna change, so don’t ask me. Go to the Premier League, the broadcasters and ask why. We played in Madrid against Atletico and three days later we played at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool.
“Chelsea played on Tuesday and could have played on Saturday, but they played on Sunday. Do you think they think about that? No, because next Tuesday Liverpool will play against Manchester United. Everyone has their case to defend. So we adapt. If they say play Saturday, we play Saturday. If they say play Tuesday, we play Tuesday. Thusday? We are going to play on Thursday. Anything they want, no problem.
If Liverpool are victorious at Newcastle, City will be two points behind Klopp’s side when kick off in Leeds on Saturday night. Despite the pressure on City’s players to close out the title race, Guardiola said they would not choke, insisting they knew what they had to do.
“Sometimes it seems like only the managers know what we are playing for, but the players know it,” Guardiola said. “They know better than me. What I want in this period is to arrive as fresh as possible in our minds, souls and legs. This is the most important thing. Train today, go home with the family, good lunch, good dinner. Then go to Leeds and try to win the game. They have been here several times. These players, I know them.