As Manchester City cope with having several of their senior team players out due to injury, the Sky Blues will also have to prepare for a congested schedule.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, football leagues throughout the world are working hard to ensure that the 2020/21 season ends on time, and that they are able to complete their various seasons. This will mean that several top clubs around the world will be forced to play several matches in a smaller time frame. The scheduled international breaks in September, October, and November will further alleviate player fatigue. Such has been the case with Manchester City.
At the start of the 2020/21 domestic season, the Sky Blues played four English Premier League matches and two Carabao Cup matches. Typically, the Carabao Cup’s various rounds are broken up over the span of several months, but two rounds were forced into the same month.
Manchester City, like several of Europe’s elite clubs, will also compete in the UEFA Champions League. Unlike in previous seasons, however, these Champions League teams will play three matches in back to back weeks. This means these clubs will play seven games of domestic and international football in the span of three weeks, whereas, in a normal season, these teams would typically only play four games in three weeks.
The congested schedule will surely accelerate player fatigue, but it will also allow for new opportunities. In the case of Manchester City, many of their first-team starters will be absent due to injury. To avoid aggravating their injuries, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will call upon some of City’s younger players to fill in during this period. As previously mentioned in another article, Liam Delap, Cole Palmer, and Taylor Harwood-Bellis have already stepped up in City’s time of need.
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These young players fared well thus far, helping Manchester City win both of their Carabao Cup matches in September. Through their hard work, City advanced to the Carabao Cup’s Quarter-finals. While these young players may not feature in the Champions League, they will play a part in City’s domestic campaign in the EPL. In other words, City’s young players will certainly have an important role in City’s 2020/21 domestic campaign.
How will these young players adjust to the top tier of English football? How will City fare during the 2020/21 season? Time will tell.