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Pep Guardiola Slams FIFA World Cup 48 Team Expansion

Manchester City Pep Guardiola hits the media complaining of FIFA's decision of expanding the teams in the World Cup tournament from 32 to 48, saying this will give the players no holiday, work the players more and kill the spirit of good football.
"It's not just English football, it's all around the world,” he said Friday. “Now they talk about a World Cup of 48 teams. We are going to kill the players.
"We are looking for the quality and forget the quantity so the players don't rest, they have a lot of pressure. There is more competition, more games. The intensity is high here.
"In Spain they have four teams in the Champions League and three in the Europa League. So the level in Spain is higher than here, in terms of going forward.

"We accept the decision. FIFA will decide and we accept the decision and if we are not happy we go home. They are focusing more and more and more, and it affects the quality.
"I am thinking just for the players. They have to breathe, to break, to enjoy.
"This kind of thing is impossible because we are going to finish [the season], then after one week the World Cup, then after three weeks we go to the pre-season, we go to China, the [United] States, Australia. You play against Milan, Juventus, [Real] Madrid and you have to win, people demand you have to play good.
“[You have] no preparation then you come back and it's 11 months again and [then] it's the European Cup. You do this for 10 or 12 years and we don't think about the players. For that reason there has to be huge squads, more money for the clubs to spend. It's just three substitutions now, why can’t you make four, five or six?
“All the players are [then] involved more than before, the coaches can use different tactics. [There would be] less injuries, more open games, everything would be better. But OK, FIFA have other opinions.
"We have to protect the players and we do not do that. From players today, we are demanding too much, from my point of view."
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