The Catalan is arguably the most revered coach in world football, with his table-topping Manchester City side now on a run of 18 successive Premier League victories ahead of Sunday's clash with Crystal Palace. "I think the schedule will always happen because of the tradition but think about the players - they are artists".
Stones's absence will be further cushioned by the return from suspension of another central defender Nicolas Otamendi against Feyenoord on Tuesday, a game City will be keen to win in order to qualify as Group F winners ahead of the Champions League knockout draw.
The Spanish striker headed in the opening goal in Spurs' 2-0 win that lifted them to fifth place, four points off fourth-place Liverpool with a game still in hand. Putting aside what he spends for players, at Bayern all you hear about is players saying how much that he [Guardiola] improved them.
"I know here in England the show must go on but that's not normal, guys".
"Sometimes you have three days' recovery, sometimes four, sometimes two, everybody is the same".
Aguero also said "everything's fine" when asked about his relationship with Guardiola. "We are here, we are professional - and I don't like to rest".
Still, though, City's Pep Guardiola was not in the mood to celebrate as he chose the aftermath of City's fourth game in 11 days to lead a chorus of complaints from managers about the congested festive fixture list. "We have problems with [Benjamin] Mendy and other players, we just have to recover well and remain mentally strong." .
As both players got treatment - they were both carried off the field on stretchers at the same time - Guardiola took a seat next to Hodgson in Palace's dugout as the managers chatted.
He said: "Family is most important". He's free to stay or leave, it depends.
"I am happy because John [Stones] and Fabian [Delph] are back, we will see when Vinny [Kompany] can come back".
"We will have internal meetings and see what is for the best, but he is an Arsenal player and I think he will be [after January]".