Ilkay Gundogan hits out at hectic schedule and says ‘we are human beings, NOT machines’ after Man City stumble to a ‘disappointing’ draw at home to West Brom
- Ilkay Gundogan feels Man City’s players are suffering fatigue of a busy schedule
- Pep Guardiola’s side were surprisingly held to a draw at home by West Brom
- The German midfielder, who scored for City, says they are ‘not machines’
Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan came out in defence of fatigued team-mates following a shock 1-1 draw at home to West Brom, insisting players are ‘human beings, not machines’.
Pep Guardiola’s side went into Tuesday night’s game as heavy favourites and yet finished with a point after Gundogan’s strike was cancelled out by a Ruben Dias own-goal.
‘We are human beings, not machines, we struggle as well,’ Gundogan told BBC Sport.
Ilkay Gundogan defended team-mates and said players ‘are human beings, not machines’
‘We know we could have played better but it feels like it was in the details today. We deserved better, we had the chances. I don’t know what to say, it’s disappointing to get one point, we must win these kind of games.’
City dominated for long spells but were unable to add to Gundogan’s effort in the 30th minute.
It proved to be City’s second successive draw in the Premier League as they missed another opportunity to close the gap on the top two, Tottenham and Liverpool.
Gundogan feels City, like a lot of sides, are finding momentum hard to build with so many players fighting against fatigue in the 2020-21 season. City have had four games in 10 days across the Premier League and Champions League.
The German midfielder took aim at the busy nature of the schedule for the 2020-21 season
Gundogan’s goal gave Man City the lead but they were pegged back by a Ruben Dias own-goal
‘It’s nearly impossible to have just one team that’s on top and dominating anything, especially with the schedule coming up,’ Gundogan added.
‘All teams in Europe are struggling to win games in a row. But we have responsibilities and we should win these kind of games, especially at home.’
Guardiola has been one of the top flight bosses advocating for five substitutions to protect players against the busy schedule.
The draw leaves City sixth in the table, five points off the top and Guardiola accepted if his side are serious about winning the title, this was a game they simply had to win.
‘It will be a long season but if you want to be up there we have to win here and we could not do it,’ he said. ‘We created chances, we controlled it but you have to win. This game works on results.’
City boss Pep Guardiola accepted it was a game they had to win if they a serious for the title
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