Pep Guardiola has no doubt that it was right to call off Manchester City’s game at Everton on Monday

At this point, the Merseyside club issued a statement requesting “full disclosure” of all information behind the Premier League’s decision

The game at Goodison Park was postponed a few hours before kick-off after three other City players tested positive for coronavirus

This was in addition to right-back Kyle Walker and striker Gabriel Jesus, as well as two other first-team employees who returned positive tests on Christmas Day

City manager Guardiola was frustrated with Everton’s stance and any possible questioning of his club’s motives as the Spaniard saw it – much like the recent calls to the competition to allow five substitutes per game – it was just a case of that People’s wellbeing came first

Guardiola said: “We had enough players to play against Everton, we wanted to play against Everton

“But on the day of the game there were more cases and the virus was in our center. We informed the Premier League

“I called (Everton manager) Carlo Ancelotti personally to announce the situation because we could play but what would happen if we traveled with the coach and had more players because we were in the day Everyone was in contact and would have been there before. Was there any risk that Everton players would get infected because of us? It was a big risk

“When a case like this happened in this situation, it is important to look after the well-being of the players and the staff (and we have) seven people (infected) in this club who are together every day.” / p>

“There are clubs that complain when it is only (we in town) about the health (of the staff), when many people are dying every day in the UK and many people are being contaminated every day””

Ancelotti was more sincere in his tone when asked about the situation than the club in his testimony

Guardiola said: “I definitely prefer the statement from Carlo Ancelotti than the statement from the club

“We were clear we were talking to the Premier League and I personally called Carlo and said,” OK, we’re going to leave the clubs to do what they have to do and the Premier League and that’s all””


Guardiola denies City tried to take advantage of the delay as Everton could have some of their injured players back if the game is rearranged

He said, “We would have loved to have played Everton that day. We’re going to Goodison Park (now) when hopefully (Lucas) Digne, Richarlison, Allan, James (Rodriguez) can play and we can play them with everyone will beat

“We would have loved to play this game, but unfortunately I think the Premier League made a wise decision that the good of all does not increase the cases and does not improve the situation”

City’s trip to Chelsea on Sunday remains in place, but Guardiola will have to forego the five players who are now isolated

Guardiola says the club is not yet able to name the three players who tested positive before the Everton game

He said: “The Premier League told us not to reveal it. Some clubs do announce, sometimes they don’t, and we may need to respect player privacy as well

“But you will see the line-up and three players – key players – who are not there”

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Source: https://www.bt.com/sport/news/2021/january/pep-guardiola-says-man-city-playing-everton-game-would-have-been-a-huge-risk