‘To be at this stage of four competitions is already a miracle’: Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits it’ll be ‘almost impossible’ to win the Quadruple
- Pep Guardiola admits that it’ll be ‘almost impossible’ to win the Quadruple
- Manchester City reached the FA Cup final with a 1-0 win against Brighton
- Sergio Aguero will test his hamstring in training after missing the last two games
Pep Guardiola maintains it’ll be ‘almost impossible’ to win the Quadruple – even for his Manchester City miracle-workers.
City’s narrow 1-0 FA Cup semi-final win against Brighton means they are now only 90 minutes away from a domestic cup double having lifted the Carabao Cup earlier in the season.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits it’ll be ‘almost impossible’ to win the Quadruple
The possibility of English football’s first clean sweep of four trophies is growing stronger every week but Guardiola still thinks it’s a hugely difficult task to pull off.
‘It is almost impossible to win the quadruple. To be at this stage of four competitions is already a miracle. It is incredible what the playes have done. They have played a lot of games and we are going to try until the end.
‘I know Liverpool is going to win all the games (in the Premier League) so to be champions we will have to win all of our (seven) games. It’s a miracle we are still here.
Sergio Aguero, who has missed City’s last two games, will test his hamstring in training
Top scorer Sergio Aguero, who has missed City’s last two matches, will test his sore hamstring on Sunday at a training session at Charlton’s Valley ahead of their visit to White Hart Lane.
‘He is much better but still hasn’t trained,’ said Guardiola, who saw the Argentine’s replacement Gabriel Jesus score the only goal of the semi-final at Wembley. ‘Then we will see if he ready for Tuesday, or for Crystal Palace next Sunday.’
City weren’t at their glittering best as they reached their first FA Cup final since 2011 but Guardiola stressed winning was the most important thing.
‘I didn’t see every United game when Alex Ferguson won the Treble but I don’t think they were brilliant in every game, 4-0, 5-0. Football doesn’t work like that.
‘Brighton had us under pressure in the first 15 minutes of the second half but apart from that they only had one chance.’
Raheem Sterling was cheered on by 550 fans from his old school that he provided tickets for
Raheem Sterling was cheered on by 550 fans from his old school, the Ark Elvin in Wembley, that he’d provided free tickets for.
Sterling said afterwards: ‘Growing up in Wembley, sometimes when there were games on, I could only watch them on TV. I was never able to step foot in the stadium until I was given a free ticket to the Manchester United-Chelsea cup final (2007) and that was a turning point in my life.
‘I knew there would be a lot of kids that don’t get a lot of opportunities to come here so I thought it would be spectacular to make them come and see a game as they only live five minutes away.’
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