Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp slammed by Andros Townsend for substitutions comments

Andros Townsend in action for Crystal Palace

Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola caused controversy last weekend with their comments after Manchester City vs Liverpool.

The two managers made just three substitutes between them but they both complained that Premier League clubs should be allowed to make five changes per-game.

Those comments have not sat well with Crystal Palace midfielder, Andros Townsend.

The 29-year-old winger appeared on talkSPORT on Tuesday morning, where he gave his views on a number of topics in the football world.

And he called out Klopp and Guardiola for their comments.

Andros Townsend in action for Crystal Palace

"I watched that game the other day and obviously Pep and Klopp were speaking at the end of the game," he started.

“You look and Pep made one sub and Klopp made two subs, and one was enforced. You desperately want five subs to protect your players but when it comes to it you don’t even use the three you’ve been given?"

Townsend then theorised that the two managers only want the rule to make it easier against the smaller sides in the league.

“It’s not for me," he added. "It unevens the playing field and gives an advantage to the sides with the bigger squads.

“They are saying they don’t want it when they are playing each other, but when they are playing the smaller clubs, and maybe it’s harder to break them down, then they want to be able to bring on five world class international forward players to help break down the mid-table sides.

“Not for me. I think it’s fine the way it was. Three subs have worked for many, many years and I don’t see a reason to change it.”

Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola


Townsend made his point brilliantly here. Everything he said makes sense.

The two managers can't come out and complain about the need to raise the substitution limit when they don't even make the most of themselves.

I also agree that raising the limit gives bigger sides an advantage over the lesser clubs in the league.

Clubs in the Premier League have voted twice on raising the substitution limit from three to five this season. It was rejected on both occasions.

There's a reason for that. The majority of the league doesn't see a problem with using three subs per-game and Klopp and Guardiola need to accept that fact and move on.

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