Pep Guardiola is not a fan of Eurovision. At least not this year. The manager of Manchester City is worried about having to play Sunday in the Premier League, against Everton, before continuing Wednesday with the reception of Real Madrid, in the Champions League.
The Citizens coach would have preferred to play the match on Saturday in Liverpool as originally planned but, with Eurovision held in the city that day, his wish could not be granted for security reasons. His players will have one more day of recovery between Tuesday's game and the weekend, but one less before the Champions League semi-final second leg.
"At the end of the day, we can't play on Saturday because of Eurovision or something like that in Liverpool and sometimes we don't have enough (order) forces to handle two important events," he quipped.
"There's not much we can do, because we have to play on Sunday. Thank you very much. I don't understand it, but I don't want to fight for it anymore," Guardiola continued.
Real will have an extra rest day
The leader of the Premier League, still in contention for a treble Championship-Cup-C1, faces Everton, club threatened with relegation, three days before hosting Real in the second leg of their semi-final of the Champions League (1-1 in the first leg).
With a one-point lead over runners-up Arsenal, who nevertheless have one more game, the Citizens cannot afford to rest their frame to favor the match against Real.
Carlo Ancelotti's players, who no longer have any illusions about the Spanish league title, will face Getafe in La Liga on Saturday and will have an extra rest day before Wednesday's game.
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