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Pep Guardiola blames football schedule for injuries


Pep Guardiola claimed Manchester City are still coming to terms with injuries and a hectic schedule after they were held 1-1 at West Ham. Injuries have taken their toll on City, so much so that Guardiola named an unchanged starting line-up for the first time since October 2017, 172 games ago. Guardiola said: “We started really well, then after we conceded with the first action they had, we struggled in the last five or 10 minutes of the first half. “In the second half we were better, we scored and had the chances at the end but we could not convert them, so we drew. “I would prefer to have results but we have to analyse where we are. Many injuries, a lack of preparation, no recovery time, and tough games we’ve played so far. “But the players gave everything on the pitch. Now we recover and think about the next game.”

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