Pep Guardiola says festive matches are a disaster

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username47781
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Anyone agree with Pep here that there are far too many games over the festive season?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/42537120
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With TV fixtures and Sky and BT deciding when teams play matches casuing massive fixture congestion lack of rest and allowing good times for consumer s to watch the matches the 8 games in 2 weeks is going to become the norm now. The premier league and FA can't contest and argue as they get paid £5bn from BT and Sky.
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(Original post by ThEpOLiTiCaLgUy)
With TV fixtures and Sky and BT deciding when teams play matches casuing massive fixture congestion lack of rest and allowing good times for consumer s to watch the matches the 8 games in 2 weeks is going to become the norm now. The premier league and FA can't contest and argue as they get paid £5bn from BT and Sky.
Again showing money talks, plus saw this today with West Brom asking for their game to be postponed
https://www.theguardian.com/football...xture-schedule
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Yep.

The quality is significantly lower and you are putting at risk the fitness and well being of players, not to mention treating fans with a complete lack of consideration(even those who can't get to games.
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(Original post by mojojojo101)
Yep.

The quality is significantly lower and you are putting at risk the fitness and well being of players, not to mention treating fans with a complete lack of consideration(even those who can't get to games.
I must admit I was annoyed they switched our match to 7.30pm at Brentford on Boxing day, there is indeed no consideration for the fans at all. They did the same to Sheffield United when they played us at Villa Park moved it to a 5.30pm kick off and cancelled the last train back for them at 8pm, the last train left half an hour before the match finished.
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Pep is bald
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I don't get why they don't just drop one round of fixtures from the Xmas period. The round squeezed in between Xmas and New Year always seems unnecessary to me.

The quality drops, players get injured, it favours the bigger clubs with the bigger squads making it harder for the smaller clubs to complete at the top end, and it kills FA Cup 3rd round weekend.
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If we had a winter break, all that would happen is that clubs would disappear to the far east for an exhibition game for ££££s.

Cutting a game or two from the Christmas period would mean a longer normal season - coming back earlier in August, finishing later in May. Neither of which the clubs want.

Stalemate.
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Thought the scheduling of fixtures around the 30th and the 1st was too much, because that's two weeks in a row with two sets of fixtures, and the 1st being a Monday. Mondays regularly feature Saturday-based fixtures. But apart from that fair game, it's England.

Maybe an 18-team Prem is the answer :holmes:
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(Original post by rockrunride)
Maybe an 18-team Prem is the answer :holmes:
I agree with this and think it will happen eventually. Makes the most sense all round.

Loss of gate receipts from the two home games would probably be made up for by the increased share of TV money.
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Yes it does seem to harm players with injuries etc.

Should find a couple of weeks in January for a winter break.
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I think the impact of the schedule has been more pronounced as the league is finishing slightly earlier for England and their World Cup campaign. Not sure how much it will help but inevitable quality declines but the best games have been Arsenal v Liverpool and the pulsating Arsenal v Chelsea match tonight.

Winter break won't happen as it's an interminable talking point and don't see the schedule being lightened up so it'll be talked about same time next year
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