Pep Guardiola: Manchester City boss says festive schedule will 'kill' players

This was the first time City dropped points since a 1-1 draw at home to Everton on August 21.

De Bruyne was stretchered off after a strong tackle from Puncheon, but was seen walking back to the City dressing room accompanied by two medical staff and told reporters he was OK.

Guardiola lost Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus for up to two months with a serious knee injury at Selhurst Park. "We don't know for how long but he made another exhibition". They don't protect the players and they are who the people come to watch. You can check out how others have voted under the form.

This led to Guardiola's criticism saying it is not normal for players to play every two-three days.

They were able to do so against a Watford side who have now only won one of their last nine, and though they sit midtable, are on one of the worst runs of form in the Premier League. "I'm not saying change Boxing Day (Dec 26) but you can not play at midday at Selhurst Park, come back, celebrate New Year's Eve but are thinking about the game two days later", he said.

"Last season we had less recovery than this season, maybe next season we will have a little more". We started really good and the second half was really good again.

It needed a penalty save from Ederson Moraes off Luka Milivojevic in injury time to preserve City's unbeaten run after 21 games and leave Pep Guardiola's side 14 points clear heading into the new year.

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Jesus originally went down in pain just 11 minutes into the weekend's clash, but chose to play on.

"The federations don't think about the players but they have to protect them and play with quality and not quantity".

"Before we would have been jumping through hoops to get a point", Hodgson added.

Having played for Liverpool and Manchester United, Owen already wasn't a particularly popular figure amongst Man City supporters.

"It is not easy to open that gap, especially in the Premier League". It was a comfortable win despite Gray's consolation at the end and I think Pep will be chuffed to bits.

David Silva meanwhile is still ruled out for personal reasons. Marco Silva's Watford faced a long night of damage limitation and they had their keeper Heurelho Gomes to thank for tipping a curling De Bruyne free kick against the bar. Guardiola's Man City face their fourth match in 11 days when they go up against Watford on the 2nd January.


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