Pep Guardiola: Manchester City boss urges Christmas caution amid current Covid-19 threat | Football News

Pep Guardiola has urged his players to be careful if socializing around Christmas time to prevent a coronavirus outbreak at Manchester City.

The City manager revealed that the champions have canceled plans for a large staff party this year, but players will not be prevented from organizing their own private meetings.

Even then, it’s not something that will encourage and trust that if groups come together, due caution will be exercised.

The issue has come into greater focus in recent times following the emergence of the Omicron variant, the UK government’s decision to tighten regulations in England and, with particular relevance to football, a number of positive cases in Tottenham. and Leicester.

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Guardiola, who lost her mother to Covid-19 last year, said: “The club has talked to them and they know they need to be careful and know not to go to the crowds and stay home as much as possible – or when you go out pay attention, social distance, put on the mask and come back.

“As much as you mentally protect and feel that you are out of it, you can get Covid and (you have to) live with that feeling that you can get Covid.

“The club, every winter or Christmas time, throws a party for all the workers, all the people here, and we’ve canceled it. We can’t do that.

“But (if) everyone at home, when I’m with a family and kids, throws a party – I think they will, but be careful.

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“We have lateral flow and PCR testing today and everyone can do it easier than before, so we won’t say not to. Just be careful, that’s all, because the risk is high.

“Look what has happened in other teams like Tottenham and Leicester and in many, many cases. It can happen here too if we are not careful and then it is a big problem, for them of course, for their health and for the family and, of course, for the team”.

Guardiola, whose team will host the Wolves on Saturday, accepts that the players will want to have fun at Christmas, but hopes they recognize their responsibilities.

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He said: “Why should it be any different for players from the rest of humanity, from the rest of society? The rest of the people always like to go to restaurants, go out and talk to people and we are no exception.

“But we’re lucky to have a job where we can put 50-60,000 people in stadiums. That’s the reality.

“They have to accept that we are still in a dangerous situation. Just look at the statistics and the government rules and it is still there, unfortunately.

“There are setbacks and you have to protect yourself because during the Christmas period they have a tendency to have more parties and to go out more often and in this you have to be careful”.

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