Pep Guardiola is furious with the Premier League after seeing Manchester City’s clash with Cardiffmoved to three days before their FA Cup semi-final.
Guardiola’s men had been due to face Neil Warnock’s relegation battlers at the Etihad on the weekend of April 6.
But after their FA Cup quarter-final comeback win over Swansea on Saturday booked a final four clash with Brighton that weekend, league chiefs have been forced to reschedule the league encounter.
The Premier League have subsequently announced that the Bluebirds clash will take place on April 3 – less than 72 hours before the clash at Wembley.
And Mirror Football understands that Guardiola is far from impressed to move the fixture to that week, having already lamented his side’s “crazy” April schedule.
The Spaniard fears it could threaten not just their hopes of an unprecedented quadruple, but that it hands Liverpool an advantage in their title showdown.
City are already facing a mounting backlog of fixtures and Guardiola had hoped that the Cardiff clash would be moved to May.
Instead, he now faces fielding a weakened side, either against the Welsh club or against Chris Hughton’s Seagulls in the semi-final – which takes place just three days before the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final with Tottenham.
City have already won the Carabao Cup and Guardiola is looking to become the first boss in English football to complete a clean sweep of major trophies in a single season.
At the weekend Guardiola opened up on City’s April schedule, declaring: “It’s crazy, the fixtures we have in April. That’s why we need everybody.
“The players who play are incredible. They have to sustain that level and the players who need to increase, they have to improve, because we need it.
“Everyone is going to play especially John Stones, Kevin De Bruyne and Benjamin Mendy, and all the players who are coming back, because we need everyone.
City currently trail Jurgen Klopp’s Reds by two points atop the Premier League table, but do have a game in hand.