Manchester Metropolis are staring on the prospect of a nightmarish fixture pile-up after the Premier League rescheduled the match in opposition to West Ham for subsequent week.
Sunday’s conflict on the Etihad was referred to as off attributable to security fears as Storm Ciara ripped by way of the North West of the nation.
The sport will now happen on February 19, chopping quick the winter break for each golf equipment.
Metropolis are already dealing with a busy run of fixtures between now and the tip of the season, with extra to be added ought to they progress in varied competitions.
They’re the one crew within the top-flight who’re nonetheless preventing on 4 fronts, having reached the Carabao Cup ultimate.
Their Premier League conflict with Arsenal, initially scheduled for March 1, has already been postponed because of the Wembley showpiece in opposition to Aston Villa.
With the Champions League returning on the finish of February and the FA Cup fifth spherical going down midweek, Pep Guardiola’s males are already scheduled to play twice each week till March eight as soon as soccer returns.
If Metropolis make it to the Champions League semi-finals, they solely have three weeks out there for midweek video games between March 9 and Could 11.
However that will be diminished to 1 if Metropolis reached the FA Cup semi-finals, attributable to different Premier League fixtures that must be rearranged.
So with subsequent week the one possible time for the West Ham sport to happen, the Premier League has been left with little selection and Metropolis’s winter break has been reduce quick.
Guardiola has been vocal in his opposition to the variety of fixtures within the English soccer calendar and lately referred to as for a cup competitors to be scrapped.
He mentioned: “It’s unsustainable. We demand lots from the gamers, it’s an excessive amount of. We advised them once we are with the Premier League. They need to mirror [on] it however all of the managers complained about it and so they don’t care.
“Get rid of competitions, take them out. Much less video games, much less competitions, much less groups, extra high quality, much less amount.
“Within the Bundesliga there are 18 groups not 20, one cup not two. In Spain, they’ve a break.
“The followers will go to the theatre, to the cinema, eating places. Individuals can stay with out soccer for some time – that’s not an issue. It’s an excessive amount of.”