Pep Guardiola sets sights on FA Cup and Champions League glory

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The holders will deal with Arsenal in the semi-finals.

Pep Guardiola has actually challenged his Manchester City players to get ready for their Champions League face-off with Real Madrid by winning the FA Cup

City will deal with Real in the end-of-season mini-tournament when they go back to European action and having actually passed their Premier League crown to Liverpool recently, they are identified to add another trophy to their collection prior to locking horns with the Spanish giants.

They took a considerable action towards doing so on Sunday when they scheduled an FA Cup semi-final with Arsenal by beating Newcastle 2-0 at St James’ Park, and Guardiola remains in no state of mind to let his men stop there.

He stated: “We are happy after the defeat against Chelsea to be in London once again at Wembley to play against Arsenal in the semi-final to attempt to reach the final of the FA Cup.

PEP We need more triumphes to qualify for the #UCL. We have 2 competitions we can win. We made the first action today.

We are happy after the defeat to Chelsea to be going back to London for the semi-final

#ManCity #FACup pic.twitter.com/gOk3rQQeYG

— Manchester City (@ManCity) June 28, 2020

” Constantly it’s an amazing trophy and it provides us an extra bonus offer. We spoke after what took place in the Premier League– we need 2 more triumphes to qualify for Champions League.

” However we have 2 competitions we canwin We made the first action today. It will be great to show up against Real Madrid in the very best condition.

“To win this title would be the best way to prepare for Madrid.”

City were entirely dominant on Tyneside, where they attracted the league previously this season having actually lost 11 months previously, however required a rush of blood from defender Fabian Schar to open their account.

Kevin De Bruyne commemorated his 29 th birthday in style (Shaun Botterill/NMC Swimming Pool)

Schar unnecessarily pressed striker Gabriel Jesus to the ground inside the box to hand Kevin De Bruyne the possibility to commemorate his 29 th birthday with a 37 th-minute penalty, and he properly required.

In spite of their inability on the night, Newcastle needs to truly have actually levelled when alternative Dwight Gayle fired over from point-blank variety with 66 minutes gone, and Raheem Sterling made him pay nearly right away with a cool finish to finish up success.

Guardiola stated: “It was a great goal from Raheem. For the penalty, I didn’t see the review. Gabriel Jesus might have headed the ball and I think the opponent pressed him.

“De Bruyne is definitely reliable and hopefully he can carry on because we struggled a lot this season with this.”

Hang on a minute there, Steve!

#ManCity pic.twitter.com/mzu0DTRTjP

— Manchester City (@ManCity) June 28, 2020

It showed a frustrating night for Magpies head coach Steve Bruce, who confessed his side’s first-half display screen had actually not sufficed.

He stated: “When you’re playing against teams like this, you can’t make the kind of error we have actually provided for thepenalty We provided a bad, bad penalty away and it’s challenging enough due to the fact that of the capability they have actually got.

” In the second half, we were far better and brighter, and the big turning point– could we have made it an actually great cup tie had we equalised?

“Who knows whether we would have been able to go on from there, but we were certainly better in the second half.”

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