Manchester City is quickly becoming one of the most successful clubs the world ever has. With some of the world’s most dedicated football players, the City is on its way to glory. However, that fame does not come by itself. Pain comes first. Kevin de Bruyne is living proof of it. With his smart tactics and relentless running, many clubs consider him a significant threat. However, perhaps there are only a few people who know his actual performance on the field.
Some people believe him as unstoppable. When he starts running, he will keep running until he makes a goal. Well, the fact is, Kevin de Bruyne and other famous football players are just human after all. Their strength and durability may be superb, but they will eventually fatigue. This situation also occurs to de Bruyne. He can only run at maximum speed during the first ten games. He will start losing this constant running during the next ten matches. So, yes, ultimately even for a player like him, he needs a break.
So, what will happen if de Bruyne takes that break? If he does, Manchester City will only have 15 – 16 players ready for the next match. Pep Guardiola knows this, and even he cannot do much to fix this shortage. Until now, he only has six substitute players, and 3 of them are still youngsters. They do not have enough experiences and skills to play in a major league. Even so, they are the only remaining options Guardiola have.
To improve the player’s performance, Guardiola finally decided to give every player three days off. Every player is free to go anywhere they like. It does not matter. As long as they return to the club with full power and spirit to play, these off-days are worth it. It is an essential decision for Guardiola because he does not want to injure his players further. Three days are enough for everyone to return with his or her full potential. Probably, they would lose some steam in the upcoming matches. However, it will not be long because some players, such as Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus, are on their way back to the team.
It is worth to note that situations like this are becoming rare today. Perhaps, Guardiola needs to manage his players well. Probably, it is time to give some players break and deploy the others. If de Bruyne needs a break, perhaps it would be wise to put another player in his place for this moment.
Even though we know Guardiola as a strict person, he should realize that his team is the essential thing in the club, not him. He should leave his principles if the team needs him to do it. Unlike Bruyne, his fellow teammates might not be as good as him. They are probably less vulnerable to making mistakes, like Kompany. However, if they are the only players available, would not it be a good idea to deploy them on the field?