Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he is not in favour of drinks breaks continuing in the Premier League next season.
Since the English top-flight’s return from a three-month coronavirus pandemic-enforced hiatus in June, matches have stopped midway through each half to allow players to rehydrate.
The measure was introduced to help players cope with playing in the summer heat, but coaches have used the opportunity to give tactical instructions to their squad.
Guardiola was asked if he believes the drinks breaks should be made a permanent rule in the league, but the 49-year-old would rather they scrapped the idea next term.
“No. I think we did it because of the lack of preparation for all of the teams, with just three weeks before the start of the competition and maybe for the weather conditions,” he said.
“The managers use it to talk to players, of course.”
West Ham boss David Moyes is in agreement with this City counterpart, as the Scottish coach believes it is unnecessary this season, too.
“Personally, I don’t think water breaks should have been introduced,” he told reporters.
“I understood why they were, but I thought it should’ve been at the referee’s discretion in games – if the temperature were up in the 70s or the 80s [Fahrenheit], and they felt that players needed a drink.
“I don’t think they’re a necessity and it’s also a change of rules from where we were at the start of the season. I think it’s wrong to start the Premier League season in one way and finish it in a different way.”
Along with drinks breaks, the Premier League allowed teams to make five substitutions in each game to help lower the risk of players suffering injuries in the crowded calendar.
Moyes is happy with the way his charges have dealt with the rush back to action in recent weeks, saying: “The players are recovering much quicker than usual, and they know and realise what they have to do to get back ready to play again.