Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes the hectic schedule is a challenge and they cannot use it as an excuse for failing to compete.
will faceWest Ham
in Premier League less than 48 hours after their Champions League game againstBorussia Monchengladbach
But the Spaniard says his men should be pleased with this challenge as they are fighting for four titles.
"We have two days with the travel, [West Ham] have six days. Is it an excuse? No way,"
said in a rallying pre-match news conference
"It’s a challenge - the Champions League teams react in this way. The Premier League gives us a challenge and we have to accept it. We cannot use it as an excuse.
"It’s a privilege to have just two days to win another game and then another one. The people who believe 'it’s only two days' cannot be at this club.
"If we have to play one day later, then we will. It’s not tiredness. This is the demands on myself and I demand it of my players too."
He revealed that he was analyzing West Ham on the club's flight back from Hungary to get his side ready for Saturday's game.
"I don’t want to feel weak. I have to be there – [the players] have to know that I am not resting,"