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Ian Baraclough: Demands made of players, especially from a smaller nation like Northern Ireland, is a major worry

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Break time: NI boss Ian Baraclough is asking when players are going to be given sufficient rest

Break time: NI boss Ian Baraclough is asking when players are going to be given sufficient rest

Break time: NI boss Ian Baraclough is asking when players are going to be given sufficient rest

Northern Ireland manager Ian Baraclough always knew the brutal Nations League programme in June was going to shine an unforgiving light on his squad depth but now he’s so close to the hectic summer schedule, he’s lashed out at the physical demands on players.

Managers including Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Manchester City chief Pep Guardiola have sounded alarm bells around player burnout, with their concerns focused on fatigue and an increased risk of injury.


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