Guardiola explains City’s days off ahead of Norwich

Pep Guardiola has admitted he gave Manchester City’s players two days off ahead of the game against Norwich City because neither side have anything to play for.

City are guaranteed second in the Premier League, whilst Norwich’s relegation is already confirmed, so Guardiola took the opportunity to give his squad a chance to rest after a gruelling schedule following football’s restart.


"I gave two days because we had a tight period after lockdown, with games every two or three days," he explained at his pre-match press conference.

"We don't play for anything and neither do Norwich except to respect [the competition].

"If we had played against an opponent who was playing to qualify for the Champions League or Europa League or to avoid relegation, maybe I wouldn’t have given two days.

"After this we are going to prepare for two weeks with a normal day off to prepare for the game [against Real Madrid]."

Pep also paid tribute to the departing David Silva, discussed the talents of Kevin De Bruyne and reflected on City's inconsistency this season.

Watch what he had to say in the video above.

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