Manchester City scrap plans to take winter break as fixtures pile up

Ruben Hill
January 11, 2019

City face a potential headache to squeeze in all their fixtures with so few matchdays available, particularly when the Champions League resumes.

Their arrival in Manchester before Christmas coincided with an upturn in the forward's form, and Guardiola said: "The private life is the private life and if they need something we are there".

The City boss will consider a similar trip this time around if an early FA Cup exit leaves a gap in their match schedule.

'Hopefully not because that means (we) will continue in the FA Cup or Champions League'.

The Premier League clash with West Ham at the Etihad Stadium on February 26 will also need to be rescheduled after City effectively confirmed a place in the Carabao Cup final with a 9-0 victory over Burton Albion in the semifinal first leg.

'But of course, we cannot substitute the mother and when the family can't be there, it's hard. Right now, I don't know.

"They have to handle the situation and of course he is not alone, he has friends".

Pep confirmed that Sergio Aguero is on the road to recovery after the flu, while Vincent Kompany is also in contention to play on Monday after recovering from the Liverpool game. "I hope they'll be OK for Monday".

City's first-team squad have taken breaks to Abu Dhabi midway through the past two seasons, with manager Pep Guardiola meeting club owner Sheikh Mansour.

"The private life affects performances". He has incredible relationship with the Brazilian guys, like Danilo, Fernandinho, [and the Portuguese speaker] Bernardo [Silva], many, many players here.

Meanwhile, Gabriel Jesus claims easing off the throttle is simply not in City's nature. We know we have more quality than Burton but when you don't work hard, you don't play very well, and it is difficult to win the game.

'I think it won't be a problem for the next months'.

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