League Cup can be 'a waste': Guardiola

Sep 22, 2017 - 3:26 PM Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes English clubs might be better without the "wasted energy" of a League Cup campaign.

The Spaniard echoed the view expressed by United counterpart Jose Mourinho, who suggested the domestic game could perhaps "survive or even be better without this competition", which United won last season.

Guardiola, like most managers, made major changes for the midweek cup win over West Brom and is poised to switch back to a first-choice XI for the visit of Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.

There were eight alterations for the game against the Baggies compared to the team which thrashed Watford last weekend. City face a hectic schedule which includes games against Shakhtar Donetsk and Chelsea before the end of the month.

"Business is business, but we have a lot of games," Guardiola said.

"If you have to play the competition you have to play the competition, but it is a title that when you win it is OK, but after that people don't give too much credit.

"You don't promote to go to international competitions. The prize is good when you win another one, but you waste a lot of energy.

"For the managers it is a lot of wasted energy, but we knew that before, so it is not a complaint in those terms. If we have to play we have to play."

However, the League Cup remains "very important" for teams like Stoke, according to their manager Mark Hughes.

"I think (Mourinho) is just talking in terms of their ambitions," Hughes, whose side crashed out of the competition 2-0 to Bristol on Wednesday, said.

"Obviously, their priority is the Champions League, because it is huge for them, and the Premier League. So I am sure they view the League Cup as a hindrance, but we certainly don't.

"I can see why he said it, but for the rest of us, it is an opportunity to win a trophy, and that is very important."

Source: AAP






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