Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola admits that Kalvin Phillips has had a hard time adapting to Manchester City’s playing style since joining from Leeds last summer.
Phillips has featured just seven times in the Premier League this season and has not started any of those matches.
“Kalvin still needs a bit of rhythm in short spaces. We miss the best of Kalvin, it’s a reason why he doesn’t have a lot of minutes,” Guardiola said.
“I’ve rotated a lot [for semi-finals] in previous seasons and it wasn’t good. I have many doubts. Of course the players are going to say they want to play but at the same time we have to be sure that the people are in the right condition.
“We cannot complain. If you don’t want [a rest], OK get out of the competitions, you don’t have long weeks. If you want it like we have proven we want it, that is the reality. Accept it and fight for that.”