Premier League festive fixtures 'killing' my players, says Guardiola

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Guardiola was not in the mood to celebrate as the Spaniard complained about the gruelling nature of the fixture schedule for English teams, who are asked to play a host of games in quick succession from late December until the new year.

"The show must go on, we have a lot of people here to take care of them but the schedule does not protect the players".

It took only 38 seconds for Manchester City to kickstart their rainy Tuesday night clash at home to Watford, with in-form winger Raheem Sterling netting the fastest goal of the Premier League season so far.

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

City suffered heavy injury losses during their last match against Crystal Palace which saw their 18 successive league victories come to an end.

"There is a flaw in Jose Mourinho's argument that the difference between Manchester United and Manchester City is money", the Sky Sports man told The Daily Telegraph.

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The Spanish striker headed in the opening goal in Spurs' 2-0 win that lifted them to fifth place, four points off fourth-place Liverpool with a game still in hand. "We are going to kill them (the players)". He added, "sometimes you have three days' recovery, sometimes four, sometimes two, everybody is the same".

And Guardiola was also backed by West Brom boss Alan Pardew, who is furious his side play their second game in the space of two days while their opponents West Ham have had six days rest. Just see how many players have muscular injuries.

David Silva is likely to return to the squad after a few days off for personal reasons and John Stones and Fabian Delph are once again available for selection. Luka Milivojevic of Serbia, however, missed the best scoring chance in the match, firing the ball into the legs of Man City's Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson. He's free to stay or leave, it depends.

Guardiola said the midfielder was "lucky" it was not more serious but didn't give any more details.

"We dropped two points today but we could have dropped against Huddersfield or Southampton".

"We're going to kill the players", he said after the Watford game. He said, "The truth is I'm very happy here but, as always, as I said before, the club has the last word".