Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola are on the Right Side of the Five Substitute Debate & It’s Time to Accept That

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Klopp and Guardiola don’t agree on much – but they have been a unified voice on one issue | Pool/Getty ImagesJurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola are chancing their arm.The managers of England’s richest clubs have no real concerns for the welfare of their players. They’re simply using a mask of faux compassion as a tool to force through a competitive advantage over the teams with fewer resources. It’s a sham.This was essentially what Andros Townsend had to say for himself on a UK radio show recently. The Crystal Palace winger is one of the last bastions of defence against the nefarious five-substitution rule that he feels would widen the divide between the Premier League’s ‘big six’ and all the rest. Townsend has made his views clear | Naomi Baker/Getty ImagesTownsend’s words perhaps speak to what Klopp said recently; that players are not the most reliable voice when it comes to player welfare. That sounds strange, but the point is solid. Players, naturally, just want to play, and don’t always know what is best for themselves in the heat of the moment. It’s down to their managers to make tough judgement calls. It speaks volumes, then, that Roy Hodgson, …

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