Man City manager Pellegrini calls for Premier League winter break

As he prepares his side for four Premier League fixtures in the space of 12 days, Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has called for a winter break to be introduced, labelling the festive schedule ‘incredible’, reports ESPN.

The Christmas and New Year period has long been a busy one in English football, with several games taking place within a short time. Meanwhile, many of Europe’s other top leagues take winter breaks until mid-January.

Pellegrini, whose Man City side take on Fulham, Liverpool, Crystal Palace and Swansea City in the coming days, believes that a winter break should be adopted in England, an opinion shared by some other managers. He said: “I don’t know [whether it can be implemented] because it is a very important time in the Premier League, with the Christmas period and Boxing Day but all the other countries always stop.

‘It is better for the players to have a winter break, because they are playing too much and too many games. But the rules are the rules, it has always been the same in the Premier League so we must play.”

Man City currently have injury concerns over Sergio Aguero, Micah Richards, Matija Nastasic and Pablo Zabaleta, and Pellegrini says that the schedule increases the risk of further problems. He added: “We have to play on December 26 and December 28, less than 48 hours, it is incredible that two games are so near to one another.

“I think that to play two games in less than 72 hours is not a good thing. The players have not recovered in less than 72 hours normally. Playing after 48 hours is a very bad thing. That’s a lot of games and I think that in this case it does not put us in a very bad situation.”

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