Man City players so tired they ‘couldn’t talk’ after Champions League thriller with Celtic
Pep Guardiola has revealed his players were so exhausted after Wednesday’s 3-3 draw with Celtic that they couldn’t speak afterwards.
But the Manchester City manager insists they must maintain that intensity if they are to remain part of his plans.
Fernandinho claimed after the breathless Champions League clash at Celtic Park that City’s players would struggle keep up with Guardiola’s exacting demands for an entire season.
But Guardiola dismissed the midfielder’s comments, saying: “No. I don’t accept that. I wouldn’t be happy. I want it to be the principle in all of our games.
“When it doesn’t happen the opponent is good.
“That’s why the player has to take care of themselves in their private life, sleep well, eat well, because the way we play is so demanding. People cannot escape, another one has to be there.
“The way I want to play is that way and it’s much more simple to improve. But for the 90 minutes the players have to put in absolutely everything on the field. That’s the most important moment in their lives.
“Training is a part of it but the most important thing is the referee’s whistle and you start to play.”
Celtic handed Guardiola his biggest scare as City manager – ending his 100 percent start to the season.
But even after failing to win in Glasgow he claimed his players demonstrated the commitment he demands.
“I think it’s fantastic what happened in Glasgow,” he said. “One attacked, then the other did, it was 3-3 and the fans enjoyed it and the people here watching did too.
“The fans for Man City were disappointed because they didn’t win, but were happy with what they saw.
“They saw until the last moment they tried to win.
“That is what I am after – until the last minute try to win the games – it doesn’t matter what happened.
“At the end I went to the locker room and I think the players were tired, they were exhausted. So much so that they couldn’t talk and that is what I want from my players.
“Because in the end all our fans know that and that is why I cannot be disappointed in our performance in Glasgow.”