Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says 'nobody cares about the players' after hitting out at the congested fixture list.
The Citizens are already struggling with a number of injuries, with Guardiola revealing only 13 first team players are fit.
To make matters worse, the football calendar is not kind to the top flight sides as they have to play two games a week so early in the season.
"The reality is what it is. It is not just Man City, it is all the clubs and countries. Nobody cares about the players," Guardiola said.
"Everyone - the Premier League, UEFA, EFL - has defended their own business and position.
"The players had a two-week pre-season and now they have to play every three days for 11 months. We will not change anything saying the opposite.
"I understand it is an exceptional situation for everyone - restaurants, theatres, cinemas, museums.
"Everyone is struggling. We are not an exception. We have to believe in what we are doing and try and play a good game.
"We have three players who came back from national teams injured. We cannot control that. They let them play two games in four days without preparation. They are not machines."
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