Guardiola happy with what the Premier League has done

Photo: Getty images

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is pleased his squad will get more free time and training time in January due to the month’s schedule.

City have a relaxed schedule in January with just three games throughout the month which could increase to four if qualification to FA Cup fourth round is secured with a win over Huddersfield town on Sunday, and Guardiola is happy about that.

“We have more time to train and remember things that you cannot do normally,” he explained.

“Normally you have to do things we don’t have time to do it in the busy schedule. Same time we don’t lose what we do every single day.

“I think the Premier League took a great decision. To make it intense on Boxing Day and Christmas time like it’s always been.

“Then in January make a break for the teams. Especially playing European competitions. It helps us in February a little bit fresh mentally. It is what it is.

“In the past there were more games and we did it and we won a lot even in the tough period. It’s good now with the FA Cup to retain the title and arrive as far as possible.

“After, we have a really important game with Newcastle then refresh. After we have two weeks to refresh, especially our minds.”