Pep Guardiola will not give his Manchester City stars a rest after Premier League season ends and promises ‘two weeks of training sessions’ ahead of Champions League showdown with Real Madrid
- Manchester City finish their Premier League season with two matches this week
- Pep Guardiola will keep his players in full training before the Champions League
- Real Madrid visit City on August 7 holding a 2-1 lead from the round of 16 first leg
- They have already won the EFL Cup but lost in the FA Cup to Arsenal on Saturday
Manchester City will not rest between the Premier League’s conclusion and their huge European date with Real Madrid.
Pep Guardiola revealed that his players will continue training in the two-week period ahead of the visit of Real in the Champions League last 16 second leg.
Zinedine Zidane has opted to give his squad a break after they lifted La Liga to ‘disconnect a little bit from football’.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will keep his players on their toes at the season’s end
City crashed out of the FA Cup 2-0 in their semi-final against Arsenal at Wembley on Saturday
City do not have the luxury of a three-week gap and their manager, who was visibly irritated by the performance during Saturday’s FA Cup defeat by Arsenal, is not following Zidane’s lead.
City travel to Watford on Tuesday and will be at full tilt from Friday onwards, two days prior to the last game of the season against Norwich City.
‘No, no, no,’ Guardiola said. ‘We’ll have two days (off) after Watford but after Watford we’ll have two weeks of training sessions.
‘We are going to make some changes for the last two games. I’ll try to let all of them play.
Liga champions Real will have a break before they return to action, boss Zinedine Zidane says
Guardiola was eager to emphasise his desire for City to improve after their surprise setback
‘I’m so excited for preparing for the Real Madrid game and for the next season. When I lose this excitement and fire in me after victory and defeat, it will be a problem.’
Guardiola is heading into a fifth season at the Etihad Stadium, confirming his longest ever stay at one club. City will strengthen in the transfer window, with a central defender and a winger top priorities.
‘I’ve never been five years in one club,’ he added. ‘It’s a challenge for me to prove myself to maintain the levels of the previous seasons.
‘To stay in a job for a long time is so difficult. Just look at the other clubs. To be in a fifth season makes me so proud and I am thankful to my staff because this job depends on the results.’
Guardiola says he still feels the passion as City bid to win their second trophy of the campaign