Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has revealed that his club barred Rodri and Ferran Torres from representing Spain at the Olympics, adding that other clubs should do the same to prevent players from overworking themselves . Six players in Spain’s Euro 2020 squad, including Barcelona midfielder Pedri and defender Eric Garcia, have been called up for the Olympics and are due to report for training on 12 July, the day after the European Championship final.
But while clubs outside Spain have the right to refuse to release players for games, Spanish clubs are obliged to let their players go and represent their country.
“Ferran Torres and Rodri could go to the Olympics but they are not going because they went to the Euros. It’s too much,” Guardiola told Catalan network TV3 on Monday.
“One tournament in the summer is enough. Clubs are the ones that pay players and are required to protect their assets. The current match calendar is brutal and yet new competitions and tournaments keep coming up.”
Spain will take on Italy in the Euro 2020 semi-final on Tuesday and Guardiola praised his former Barca teammate Luis Enrique for taking the team this far.
“You can’t know how happy I am for Luis Enrique. He deserves all this and so much more. He is the big winner on this team and has shown a lot of courage with his decisions.”