Jurgen Klopp is angry at the Premier League schedule’s impact on Liverpool’s Quadruple bid, but Pep Guardiola says the one answer to his problems is moving to the Maldives
Pep Guardiola says Jurgen Klopp is wasting his time moaning about fixture scheduling – and said moving to the Maldives for an easy life is the only solution.
Liverpool tried to get Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off at Newcastle moved after they were in Champions League semi-final action against Villarreal on Wednesday. Klopp accused the Premier League and BT Sport of sabotaging Liverpool’s quest for the Quadruple with the 12.30pm kick-off time at St James’ Park.
But Guardiola said title rival Klopp will achieve nothing with his rant and joked the only solution is to move 5,500 miles to the idyllic Indian Ocean destination, a favorite retreat of the City boss. “Always I sympathize with the concerns of Liverpool,” said Guardiola, his tongue firmly in cheek.
“How many times have we discussed what’s happened to us and I’ve said ‘I don’t want to talk about that?’. Nothing is going to change. It’s not going to change, because the broadcasters are thinking about what they have to do to get more viewers.
“If I’m not satisfied, I go home and don’t be manager of Manchester City. I go to another league in the Maldives, the Maldives league, and play one game a week and I’m so comfortable under the coconuts. It would be so perfect, but it’s not the case. You’re playing at 12.30? I’m sorry Liverpool, but I’m not involved with that.
“Of course I understand it, but what can I say? We’re not going to solve the problem. I’ve said many times, Sir Alex Ferguson was the most important icon in the history of English football and he was complaining about it when he was a teenager. Nothing is going to change, so don’t ask me. Go to the Premier League, the broadcasters and ask the reason why. We played in Madrid against Atletico and three days later we played at Wembley in an FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool.
“Chelsea played Tuesday and could have played on Saturday, but they played on Sunday. Do you think they think about that? No, because next Tuesday, Liverpool play against Manchester United. Everyone has their own business to defend. So we adapt. If they say play Saturday, we play Saturday. If they say play Tuesday, we play Tuesday. Thursday? We’re going to play Thursday. Whatever they want, no problem.”
If Liverpool are victorious at Newcastle, City will be two points behind Klopp’s side by the time they kick-off at Leeds on Saturday evening. Despite the pressure on his City players to close out the title race, Guardiola said they will not choke, insisting they know what they must do.
“Sometimes it looks like only the managers know what we’re playing for, but the players know,” said Guardiola. “They know better than me. What I want in this period is to arrive as fresh as possible in our minds, souls and legs. This is the most important thing. Train today, go home with the family, good lunch, good dinner. Then go to Leeds and try to win the game. They’ve been here many times. These players, I know them.”