“FA Cup replays should be scrapped” claim Ex-Manchester City captain

Monday, January 27th, 2020 2:16pm

By Josh O’Brien @JoshJohnOBrien1

Former City Skipper Andy Morrison is the latest name to back the idea of ridding the FA Cup of replays once and for all.

Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola are just two of the managers who have publicly called on the FA to rethink the tournament layout in a bid to help ease their side’s hectic schedules.

Klopp’s Liverpool side were held to a shock 2-2 draw at Shrewsbury yesterday evening and as a result will have to welcome The Shrews to Anfield.

All fourth round replays have been scheduled during a new two-week mid-season winter break recently introduced by the Premier League. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is adamant his side will still be enjoying their two weeks off, and as a result will not only be deploying a youth team against Shrewsbury - controversially, he also won’t be there.

When asked, Klopp said it “will be the kids who play”, and spoke of how the first team players need both a “physical and mental rest.”

“We have to respect the players welfare. They need a rest. They need a mental rest, a psychical rest and that’s what the winter break is all about.”

Klopp also confirmed reserve boss Neil Critchley will be in the dugout for the game.

One man who empathises with Liverpool’s situation is someone who once skippered their closest title rivals Manchester City. Speaking to Love Sport Breakfast, former City captain discussed how gruelling fixture congestion can be on the top sides.

“I think when you play the amount of games the top clubs do, they have to try and target the top games and therefore other games become less important.”

“So yes, I think if that’s agreed across the board then they should scrap it and just go straight to extra-time and penalties.”

Manager of Morrison’s former side Pep Guardiola has also spoken out in favour of scrapping replays. Pep said how “maybe we could cancel the replays, have less teams in the Championship and Premier League.”

 

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