Guardiola on City's quadruple dream: It's nice to be where we are

Wednesday, 10 Apr, 2019

City kept their quadruple hopes alive by recording a 1-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion in the semi-finals of the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon.

Gabriel Jesus did everything but score on Wednesday night and the fitness of Sergio Aguero means that he will get another chance to score. Pep Guardiola nearly certainly hasn't had his video analysis team studying the goals of Michael Robinson (2), Jimmy Case and Neil Smillie from nearly four decades ago, but - somewhere down Manchester City's lengthy list of priorities - is a chance for some obscure revenge. "Put it in the headlines, guys". "It is nearly impossible to achieve everything".

"Surviving until this stage of the competitions is already a miracle, that is why it is incredible what these players have done".

Nevertheless, he once again praised their endeavours in not allowing standards to slip after winning the Premier League with a record 100-point haul last season.

"We have some huge games to come, we look forward to the next one at Spurs on Tuesday and focus exclusively on that", the England midfielder said. And still, we are there. "That's why it's incredible what these players have done".

"I feel the pressure in November or December when we are saying "wow, there are five or six months left and we are out of one competition or not in the next round of the Champions League"," he added.

"I don't know the reason why, maybe the club could answer it better", Guardiola said of the event.

It was as close to a non-event as you could imagine once Gabriel Jesus headed City into the lead from Kevin De Bruyne's fourth minute cross.

Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola believes Spurs have a small advantage as his side have played twice since their opponents' last game, as City chase an unprecedented Quadruple.

"Mendy alone can not help us to arrive at the end of April with the challenge to win something more", he said, before revealing Zinchenko should be back inside the next two weeks. "Which team can do that?"

"Normally semifinals and finals are games like this".

Newcastle were guilty of squandering too many chances and were punished when DeAndre Yedlin fouled Wilfried Zaha in the box in the 80th minute and spot-kick expert Milivojevic did the rest, beating keeper Martin Dubravka.

"In this game, in this job, it doesn't work in that way".

Kyle Walker was lucky not to be sent off in the first half after clashing heads with Alireza Jahanbakhsh.

"In my opinion, it was a red card". "We ask players to be honest and Ali doesn't make a big meal of it". So we try to play good, to give everything for the fans.

"Everyone is pushing for [VAR]". While Palace moved 11 points clear of danger with five games remaining, Newcastle are seven points above the relegation zone.

"Ali did the correct thing". That said, the memory of this Wembley win may fade after a week rather than still be remembered in 20 years' time. "That is down to the officials".