Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola slams Carabao Cup

Ruben Hill
September 23, 2017

"If you have to play in a competition you have to play in it".

You can imagine going against a Tony Pulis team like West Brom and playing 90 minutes in those conditions.

City face Palace on Saturday, who are without a point or even a goal in the Premier League this season.

'Three or four hours by bus, come back and then three days later Crystal Palace, then Shakhtar Donetsk then Stamford Bridge.

It's Pep Guardiola versus Jose Mourinho, though this time it's been considerably more pleasant than their rivalry in Spain.

The Etihad boss has claimed that the competition is simply a "waste of energy" for his squad in a move that will no doubt anger tournament officials.

"Maybe we would be fresher for European competition".

He did, however, admit he was prioritising the Europa League and they won that competition, as well as the EFL Cup.

"So for the managers, there's a lot of wasted energy".

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City and United go into the weekend joint-top of the Premier League, each with 13 points from five matches and an identical goal record.

City secured a 2-1 victory against West Brom on Wednesday evening, with Leroy Sane netting a brace against the Baggies.

"We need him and of course it's not easy for the players who didn't play in the last games", Guardiola said of Toure.

"If you concede eight, nine corners here and throw ins and free-kicks, they are going to score a goal", the Spaniard said.

It will be Roy Hodgson's second game in charge at Palace and Guardiola has huge admiration for his energy at the 70 and insists he will not be coaching at that age.

"There's very little to tell between the two and the only reason like I say there's more pressure on Guardiola is because of what happened last season. I showed to my players all the chances they created in just two games".

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