Klopp backs Guardiola: Players should be protected

The BVB coach has voiced his concerns over the busy calendar in modern day football and has revealed Mats Hummels is nearing a comeback

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has backed Pep Guardiola’s stance that the busy calendar is hurting players’ health.

The Bayern Munich trainer stated earlier this week that the hectic schedule of modern day football is “killing the players” and Klopp has now warned that players will be forced to retire in their early 30s if the situation doesn’t change.

“In 10 years’ time, there will no longer be any players who keep playing until they turn 35,” Klopp was quoted as saying by Bild.

“Former players in influential positions seem to have forgotten how hard it was during their active career. We have to get back to how things were before.

“We will have a European Championship with 24 teams in 2016 because some people seem to like the idea. For the players, this doesn’t make much sense…”

Klopp also had his say on the fitness situation of Mats Hummels and expects him to return against Stuttgart in Bundesliga on Wednesday.

Hummels is yet to feature for Dortmund due to muscular problems, but the 25-year-old has stepped up his recovery in recent weeks and Dortmund are set to receive a boost with the defender on track to make his comeback.

“It looks good for Mats Hummels. He is practising without any problems.

“We have to decide how much intensive training is necessary. He was on vacation, practised two weeks, had to pause for 12 or 13 days because he had some smaller problems. But since then he is back in training.

“Given our situation [in the league] there is a big possibility that Mats will be in the squad. But he will not play from the beginning or for 90 minutes.

“If we had to substitute him in, that would not be a problem because he has got no issues.”

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