Chelsea have an advantage ahead of Sunday’s match with Manchester City, according to the boss of the league leaders Pep Guardiola.
The Spaniard saw his side run out 2-0 winners in a game against Everton on Wednesday evening, a result that saw his team leapfrog Liverpool and return to the top of the table.
Sandwiched in between clashes with Arsenal and Chelsea however, the former Barcelona and Bayern manager revealed that he was aggrieved by the close proximity of the fixtures.
We started well with Arsenal and Everton, but now comes a really, really big test – a big bull.
Chelsea is an exceptional team with seven days to prepare that game. We will try. We have to prepare well. This is a real final for us this weekend.
If we are able to take these points, we are going to take a huge step forward.
When I was in Munich or Barcelona, I always read or listened to old managers like Sir Alex Ferguson and Rafa Benitez. The managers always complained about their schedules and nothing happened.
That’s why when I arrived here I said I understood the situation. If we would play just one competition our schedule would be easier and better. When we play four, we have to adapt.
The Premier League say we have to play there on that day – we take the bus or the plane in the right time in the right moment and play that game.
Having handed the champions a 2-0 defeat when the sides met last, with goals from David Luiz and N’Golo Kante the difference in a memorable result at Stamford Bridge.