Pep Guardiola backs Arsene Wenger's plan to hold World Cup every two years

By Kadeem Simmonds

Pep Guardiola has added his voice to the chorus of people who want to see a World Cup staged every two years.

As it stands, international football’s biggest tournament is held every four years.

The next tournament is to be staged in Qatar next year. Usually a summer tournament, the 2022 edition will be held in in winter due to the temperatures Qatar reaches in June and July.

In May, the Saudi Arabian Football Federation proposed halving the time between World Cup, making it a two year cycle.

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is currently leading the charge for such change.

And the Man City boss is not against the idea.

He said: “The World Cup is amazing. It is the biggest tournament and, as a spectator, I always enjoy watching it. If I could watch it every two years that would be good.

“I’m completely in agreement with Arsene Wenger in that if it isn’t the World Cup then it will be another competition – the Confederations Cup or create a new tournament. What I have seen Arsene has proposed is a tournament of the biggest quality.

“I’m glad that one person who has done incredible things in world football – not just the Premier League – has put the situation on the table. We are going to talk about the good things and bad things related to it.”

Biennial World Cups has had some opposition, with Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo saying that players may be unable to play at such a high level with all the added games.

Wenger told French newspaper L’Equipe that the proposed change would not lead to an increase in games there would be less qualifying games.

Regardless, Guardiola is also of the impression that the World Cup plan would add more pressure on players, who barely get enough rest as it is, and that a “solution” must be found to ease the burden on footballers.

“The only reality is that the top players only have two weeks off, not three months for regeneration physically and mentally. It is just two or three weeks off.

“During 11 months it is games, games, games. Before, pre-season was four or five weeks. Now we have 10 days.

“We want to play football and enjoy it, but we have to reduce it. It’s too much.

“I’m not saying you have to eliminate national teams, or the Champions League, or the Premier League, or all the cups, but we have to find a solution.”


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