Neville hits out at Pep for only naming six subs against Burnley

Arnold Nichols
February 8, 2018

"We don't have any more players, ' complained Guardiola".

Before the actual football, it's time for the steamy foreplay I like to call "the team news".

"We played good. I think to come here and play the way we played, maybe you don't realise, but the way we played was nearly flawless". "I think it's a joke, an absolute joke". 'If you are a youth team manager, ring him up and ask which kid deserves that boost.

However, two of the six subs named by Guardiola were youngsters, 18-year-old Brahim Diaz who came on for Raheem Sterling, and Tosin Adarabioyo, 20.

It is City's first seven-day period without a midweek game since August - excluding worldwide breaks - with a whole week between the Burnley game and Saturday's clash with Leicester City. City have played 39 matches already this season and have complained about being "butchered" by opponents with Sane suffering a bad ankle injury at Cardiff City last weekend. According to Opta, the only player to have scored more goals all from inside the box is former Everton man Tim Cahill (56). "We know how hard and demanding it is", Danilo is quoted by Sky Sports News as saying. We created so many chances, we created some chances in an incredible manner but then we probably ran out of steam a little bit because we kept trying and trying and trying and in the end we get punished for it. "We will see at Leicester (on Saturday) how many are coming back".

Of the forthcoming rest, Guardiola said it wouldn't be limited to the players.

Barnes said: "I think Pep made a huge statement". "Everybody, physios, doctors, nobody in Manchester will work".

Burnley are seventh in the standings, well above expectations for a team with one of the smallest budgets in the league, and they stuck at the task despite City outplaying them for large stretches of the game.

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