Man City player Kevin De Bruyne has major concern for the season
Kevin De Bruyne has warned that players may need to speak up and take time off when they feel they need to during the next season amid concerns of burnout.
The English football calendar is one of the busiest, and Manchester City have in recent seasons gone many months into the campaign gunning for four competitions with Pep Guardiola needing to manage his squad in order to avoid injuries or fatigue. De Bruyne, Rodri and Fernandinho were one of a number of players that were given a week off back in January for that very reason.
With the impact of the pandemic on football crunching the calendar even further and the rearranged European Championships to add on the end for many players, the newly-crowned PFA Player of the Year is concerned that the number of games could cause problems for players across the game.
“I’m just looking at my perspective,” he told CityTV.
“I couldn’t travel or go on holiday with my Mrs being due [with their third child]. We had other things that were important. But basically, we have been playing since last July.
“Obviously, we had a break with the pandemic, but personally I was training every day, so my mindset was still going, going, going. We have another year coming. It will not stop before the next August.
“We will see how we manage. Every team is going to have to be sensible. If you see fatigue, even mentally, people should not be afraid to say that. Sometimes it’s better to have a week off and come back refreshed than go and play through physical pain or mental tiredness.
“That’s something that will happen during the year – maybe I will be fine – but there’s a chance you can get tired because of the amount of games we play in a short space of time.”