- Pep Guardiola says Jurgen Klopp complained about the number of substitutes in the Premier League
- Manchester City and Liverpool played a 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium
- Most leagues in Europe allow up to five substitutions since football returned after the lockdown
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City forced high-flying Liverpool to a 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, November 8, and both team managers held each other to deep discussion right after the game.
Both teams could not be separated in their first Premier League meeting of the season after Mohamed Salah’s goal was well responded to by Gabriel Jesus in a match which ended 1-1.
After the final whistle, both managers met with each other to exchange the mandatory manager-handshakes, but the Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp held to his colleague as he appeared frustrated.
City boss Pep Guardiola has emerged with full details of the conversation claiming both tacticians lamented about the number of substitutions allowed in the Premier League this season.
Recall that since football returned after the coronavirus, most big leagues have increased the number of substitutes per game from three to five – but the Premier League maintained three.
Pep Guardiola said, as cited in Soccer Laduma:
"We speak about how we have to fight again and again about five substitutions. All around the world, there is five substitutions.
“Here we believe we are a special league with just three players, we don't protect the players. Look at Trent Alexander-Arnold, an international English player, he is injured. That's why it is a disaster."
Klopp was also alleged to have accused EPL CEO Richard Masters of a "lack of leadership", before calling five substitutions "a necessity".
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Mikel Arteta watched haplessly from the sidelines as his side was battered 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium by Aston Villa in a Premier League fixture on Sunday, November 8, and fans want Mesut Ozil to return to the squad.
The tactician who recently recovered from the coronavirus is reportedly down with home sickness, but the fans of the club are having none of this as their chances of a top four finish are looking unlikely.
Fans have called for the return of Ozil as they claim the team lacks creativity which the German will bring to the team.
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