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Premier League denies Manchester City request, Southampton match still scheduled for Sunday

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Manchester City will have one less day of rest ahead of the biggest match in the club's history.

The Citizens were scheduled to face Southampton at St. Mary's Stadium this Sunday, but made various formal requests to the Premier League asking the fixture to be brought forward 24 hours so the Sky Blues would play on Saturday and have three full days to recover before traveling to Spain to play the second leg of the Champions League semifinal against Real Madrid on Wednesday.

The Premier League has rejected all requests, and City will have to play Saints in the original date. The argument from the league was that Sunday's game will be televised by Sky Sports and is part of the 'Super Sunday' schedule, which cannot be changed. The Citizens will face Southampton on Sunday at 4:30pm (BST), recover and train on Monday, then pack the bags for a trip to Madrid on Tuesday.

Real Madrid, on the other hand, will play on Saturday their La Liga match against Real Sociedad, have three full days of rest and training and then play against City at Santiago Bernabéu.

Yeah, not ideal for City.