‘Tired’ Guardiola needs break from football before Man City’s quadruple run-in

Manchester City reached the semifinals of the FA Cup on Saturday yet they were knocked off the top of the Premier League 24 hrs later on when Liverpool narrowly beat Fulham .

“I’m tired,” Guardiola told a news conference. “It is what it is — I prefer to be in that position [of challenging for four trophies] honestly. But tomorrow you will not find me in Manchester, I assure you.”

He added: “The people who don’t have international team [duties] have a week off. They have to train, they will have a programme to train every day a little bit, and after you have one week to prepare for Fulham and the next games.

“So now Cardiff midweek, before [the] Tottenham first leg we have semifinals in Wembley so it’s crazy, the fixtures we have in April, that is why we need everybody.

“The players who play incredible, they have to sustain that level and the players who need to increase, they have to improve because we need it.”

While some of his first squad will take advantage of a well-earned break, a total of 15 City players will be on international duty over the upcoming days and he hopes his players can avoid injury.

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