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FUEL Soccer Talk: Pep says no rest; FA Cup draw; Tyler Adams shines

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Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola “speaks to the common man” when it comes to busy schedule

You gotta love him – even if you love United.
Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola isn’t going to accept excuses of being tired or playing too many games or not enough rest from his players. In a terrific story in the Daily Mail this week the popular City manager said his players can rest when they’ve retired.
Tuesday’s game against Newcastle was Manchester City’s fourth since rival Premier League leader Liverpool last stepped on the pitch. Reaching the Carabao Cup final, City will play a league game at Everton in between crucial home fixtures against Arsenal and Chelsea.
‘When you are 35 years old you can have long, long holidays, no problem,” Pep told the Daily Mail before City’s lost to Newcastle. “You will be retired and after that take one year for holidays. But at the moment, it’s a privilege. Take it. Enjoy it.
“I cannot give them days off. This is the only way if you have four competitions. You have games every three days. No rest, mentally and physically. We need them.”
Even fans who don’t like City agree with Pep.
One of the more entertaining parts of reading the Daily Mail are the comments. This was a typical one regarding Pep’s “no rest if you want to be the best” thoughts:
“No Man City fan, but very good call Pep. Speaking to the common man who is expected to turn up to work every day. Although, having a team with such an abundance of depth does help. And no I am not a hater, because like most fans I would love for the team I support to have similarly deep squad.”

Pep’s press conference

If you were a player and your coach said this would it motivate you?

Five for Fighting: FA Cup fifth-round draw announced

The FA Cup may not have the impact or importance it once did but the tournament is still a joy to follow for any soccer fan. Who doesn’t like seeing an underdog knock off a Premier League team? And if you follow one of the bigger clubs it’s a chance to see some of the younger talent get on the pitch in what still are meaningful games. There is nothing not to like about the FA Cup. The draw for the fifth round was made this week with the highlight being a rematch of last season’s final between Chelsea and Manchester United. League Two side Newport County will host Manchester City (if they get past Middlesbrough in a replay). Crystal Palace will face Doncaster Rovers; Bristol City will host Shrewsbury or Wolves; and AFC Wimbledon’s reward for beating West Ham is a home game against Millwall. Also, Swansea will take on Barnet or Brentford; Portsmouth or QPR will play Watford; and Brighton or West Brom will be up against Derby County.  The ties will take place between Feb. 15-18.

What do you like about the FA Cup?

Tyler Adams makes impressive debut with German club RB Leipzig

New York Red Bulls’ product Tyler Adams started for RB Leipzig on Sunday in just his second game with the Bundesliga club’s since his arrival from MLS. One of the brightest rising members of the U.S. Men’s National Team, the 19-year-old from Wappingers Falls, N.Y., was impressive in his debut.
Adams was the same “ball-winning machine” against Fortuna Dusseldorf that he was for two seasons with the Red Bulls as Leipzig won 4-0. Adams can play in central midfield as well as on the right side as a winger or in defense. He had an impact all over the pitch or RB Leipzig.
Joey Gulino of Yahoo Sports said: “Adams was sound positionally and made runs into dangerous areas all evening. While there were expected moments of miscommunication with his new teammates, he never looked lost and offered the kind of performance that has United States national team fans salivating at his future potential in the middle of the park.”

How good is Tyler Adams? 

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