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Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp push for new Premier League rule


Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp push for new Premier League rule

Pep Guardiola has asked the Premier League to increase the number of substitutions allowed for each team to five.

Guardiola’s request for a change in the substitute rule is similar to one made by Jurgen Klopp last season.

The Premier League temporarily changed the rule to allow managers to make five changes during Project Restart.

In his latest spat over player welfare, Pep Guardiola has agreed with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp that Premier League clubs should be allowed to make five substitutions.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was speaking to the press after his team’s 6-1 Carabao Cup win over Wycombe Wanderers, and he was asked about what would be best for the English game.

Klopp has long advocated for more Premier League substitutes, as he explained during Liverpool’s hectic schedule last season.

However, a motion to increase the number of times coaches could use their bench was defeated last term, prompting Guardiola to bring it up again.

“I’m not here to change anything of this country,” Guardiola started out by saying.

“When we have all around the world, five substitutions, we still have three. And in this calendar, I’m sorry guys this is ridiculous. That’s why there are many injuries.


“‘Well, why?’, because we cannot make five substitutions. When all around the world, they pay attention about our players, to be healthy, to use them better.

“No, here three. Every three days, game, every three days, game. We have no preparation. We have no pre-season, [we don’t have] anything. Just three substitutions, when everybody else has five.

“Maybe one day, the big bosses, the big clever guys will explain to me why.”

The Premier League is the only one of Europe’s top five leagues that has not adhered to the five-sub rule that was temporarily implemented during Project Restart.

A third proposal was turned down by the clubs in the middle of last season, much to the chagrin of both Liverpool and Manchester City.

“We need help from outside. I’m not talking about us as Liverpool, but we have to make changes with the subs again. We have to talk about the fixture list, and those kind of things,” Klopp said in November 2020.

“Our hands from a specific point are tied. At Christmas we will play probably again twice in 48 hours and people will say I’m talking about it again, and while from a physical point of view it is possible [to play those games] it is really dangerous.

“Now, hopefully, those making the decisions can make the next steps.”



Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp push for new Premier League rule

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