Pep Guardiola supports call for five subs rule to be reinstated

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Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has launched a scathing attack on the Premier League, following it’s decision to cancel the five substitutes rule it introduced last season.

The league had allowed for two more substitutes to add to the traditional three, to enable teams in England cope with the tough schedules after the initial suspension of the league last season, but as the campaign ended, the rule ended with it, and reverted to what used to be.

However, with other leagues across Europe having retained the system, a number of managers in the Premier League, like Olé Gunnar Solskjaer, Frank Lampard and Pep Guardiola, have called for it to be reintroduced.

Speaking recently about the issue, Guardiola said, “All leagues all around the world except this one has five subs to protect players because the situation is unusual. The situation today is exceptional.

“Lebron James won the NBA title and will then go on holiday for two months, three months. These guys [our players] had two weeks. Will they change with Jurgen, myself, Ole? Of course not.”

West Ham boss, David Moyes, who initially kicked against the five substitutes rule recently said he too was now considering it, with the fixture schedule looking really busy and too much for teams in the league.