Reuters Carl Ricken
Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has revealed his club’s refusal to give up Rodri and Ferran Torres to participate in the Spain national team in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Guardiola said other clubs should do the same to prevent players from getting tired.
Six players from Spain’s European Championship squad have been called up for the Olympic team, including Barcelona’s midfielder Pedri and defender Eric Garcia, and they are due to join training on July 12, a day after the European Championship final.
While clubs outside Spain have the right to refuse to give up their players to participate in the Olympics, Spanish clubs are obligated to leave their players to represent their country.
“Veran Torres and Rodri were supposed to go to the Olympics, but they won’t because they participated in the European Championships. It will be very stressful if you participate in the Games,” Guardiola told the Catalan broadcaster TV 3 on Monday.
He added, “One tournament in the summer is enough. The clubs pay the players’ wages and must preserve their assets. The current match schedule is very tough and new tournaments and competitions are being created every day.”
Guardiola praised his former Barcelona colleague Luis Enrique for leading the Spanish national team to the semi-finals of the European Nations Cup “Euro 2020”, in which he will face his Italian counterpart, tomorrow, Tuesday, at Wembley Stadium in the British capital, London.
Guardio La said in this regard: “I am not happy with what Luis Enrique has achieved. He deserves this and more. He showed a lot of courage in his decisions.”