Pep Guardiola is looking to guide Manchester City to the last four of the Champions League for the first time under his regime.

The current Premier League leaders are up against Borussia Dortmund in the quarter finals, and are favourites for the tie despite the threat of Erling Haaland.

However, the City coach feels his job is not being made easy due to the number of games in quick succession this campaign.

“They are human beings, they are not machines,” Guardiola said in his press conference.

“Some of the players are upset all the time because they want to play every day but it’s not possible.

“To compete in all competitions this year without spectators, in the shortest competition ever, if you don’t rotate you don’t compete in all competitions and you will not be in the position we are in now.

“Of course they could play, they have an incredible mentality but they need a rest. UEFA and FIFA are killing the players because it’s too much.

“We haven’t had one midweek off since we started, not even one.There is no player who can sustain this, not just physically but mentally, to be ready every day to compete against opponents to win the game. It’s impossible,” he added.

City have been linked with Haaland in recent months, but Guardiola didn’t want to be drawn into such talk.

“I understand that people talk about Haaland,” he said.

“He is a fantastic striker, but it is not appropriate for me to talk about him.”

Upon Sergio Aguero’s decision to leave City at the end of the season, Guardiola was also asked about the Norwegian, which brought a similar response.

“All I can say is that Haaland is an exceptional forward for his age,” he said.

“The numbers speak for themselves. He is a fantastic player, that’s all.”