Manchester City defender Nathan Ake had to be replaced just six minutes into the game against Spain as the defender appeared to suffer from a hamstring injury. Ake, who joined Manchester City this summer in a £40m move could be sidelined for a few weeks depending on the extent of injury.
Pep Guardiola and other managers have voiced their opinion to increase substitutions from three to five, similar to what other leagues have been following to protect players from fatigue and injuries. The Spaniard said “Today the right-back for the national team for England is injured, and other players. It’s so demanding for the players, the same argument all the time. I don’t understand, I don’t know who is in charge to decide these things but I don’t know how they don’t understand when all the leagues around the world except this league have five substitutions, to protect the players, to protect the footballers, to protect the physicality of playing every three days
Maybe this league likes to be different. The situation is unusual, it is different. That’s why I am surprised, I don’t understand and since I have a microphone and people ask me about this I will have the same theory. It’s not to take advantage, it’s to protect the players, today a right-back from the national team is injured for that reason and tomorrow it will be another player. I don’t understand what benefit it three or five, the show must go on, it’s not to play games or not play games, it’s to protect the players. The previous season finished later, it was exceptional and all the leagues around the world understand the situation, except here.
It’s ridiculous. LeBron James won the NBA title, know he will be on holiday for one month, two months, three months, these guys had eight days to two weeks and then it’s games, games, games. The pandemic is still here, every league around the world has five subs.“