Pep Guardiola says his senior players are addicted to winning.
“I have a lot of respect for the players that stay 10, 11, 12 years and every year do that,” said Guardiola. “They are the ones I respect the most. Everybody can have an exceptional season, good moments, six months or a few seasons. But players like Vincent, David, Sergio, Nicolas Otamendi – these kind of players are there every single year and competing with the desire to win more and more and more. Winning is so addictive. It is something, when you taste it you want more. I would like to have two months holiday right now, this month was really tough but it is what it is,” he said.
City have a lengthy January schedule but Pep is ready for the challenge. “We want to be a top, top club. We cannot deny any game and drop any competition. Maybe if we didn’t play in the Carabao Cup it would be easier for our recovery but it is what it is. We are going to play the next game like a final, knowing if we win we go through and if we lost we are out of the second most important competition in England.”
“We knew it was a lot of games but everybody has a lot of games. In the Premier League, December and January is tough for everybody – we are not special in that”, Guardiola added: “We have enough in the squad, Kevin [De Bruyne] is coming back, [Ilkay] Gundogan is coming back and we are going to rotate. Everybody is going to play, it is the only way.”