Pep Guardiola: Manchester City won't be resting players vs. West Ham

Pep Guardiola: Manchester City won't be resting players vs. West Ham
From ESPN - December 2, 2017

MANCHESTER -- Pep Guardiola has said it would be "ridiculous" to rest players for Manchester City's clash with West Ham on Sunday despite the Manchester derby against United next weekend looming.

City face a hectic schedule, with their 10 games over 30 days including a midweek trip to Ukraine for their final Champions League match against Shakhtar Donetsk.

West Ham have not won in the Premier League since September, but Guardiola warned his players they could not afford to believe that would mean an easy game even after a club-record 19 successive victories.

"I ca not deny we are in better form than West Ham and have better results," the manager told a news conference.

"The last 12 or 13 games [in the Premier League] we won, but they did not win for long and they do not get results. So we are better, we ca not deny that.

"But tomorrow we start again, and I was a player -- I trust the players to be professional. They have experience there and they have a manager with experience to handle that experience.

"I ca not think it's already done or it will be easy. I ca not think, it's West Ham, we can make six or seven changes and the second team is going to play. I think it's ridiculous."

He said City "have to respect" West Ham, now under the management of David Moyes, adding that meant they needed "to be serious and play the strongest team possible."


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