Alvaro Negredo described an FA Cup replay against Blackburn as “the last thing” Manchester City needed.
The 2011 winners and last year’s finalists have had to abandon a planned winter break in the United Arab Emirates to face Championship side Rovers for a second time on January 15.
And it means City, who have played 11 matches since the start of December, face a further game in a crowded fixture list.
Negredo said: “There are a lot of games in January and maybe the last thing we wanted is another game but we did the right things and the rules are we have to play another game.”
The Spain international striker put City ahead on his FA Cup debut before Blackburn captain Scott Dann levelled after a mistake from goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon.
And Negredo added: “It is difficult to play against a team that put a lot of pressure (on us). They also played long balls to their striker [Rudy Gestede] and that made it difficult for us. In the end they did well and they forced the replay."
City are still in the Capital One Cup and the Champions League and are second in the Premier League but Negredo said it will be very tough to win all.
He added: "It is possible because we are alive in the four competitions but obviously we know it will be very difficult. If we have any chance of doing that we have to play 100 per cent in all the games we have."