Pep Guardiola : Manager apologises to Dyche after touchline row

Posted January 09, 2018

It is not easy to go back and forth to Spain and play the way we did.

With the second leg of the semi-final at Ashton Gate on January 23 it is vital the Championship outfit don't capitulate before getting the chance to put Guardiola's side under real pressure in the home leg.

Asked if City can pull off an unprecedented quadruple the German star said: "The what?" The north London club are 9/2 (5.50) to win this tournament and 10/3 (4.33) to get the better of Chelsea in the first leg of their semi-final at Stamford Bridge.

"If we don't, we will be disappointed, that's clear".

The Gunners crashed out of the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon, a competition that Arsene Wenger's men have dominated in recent years winning three of the last four finals.

The Blues can be backed at 4/5 (1.80) to take a first leg advantage to the Emirates, while it's 14/5 (3.80) that they go all the way and lift the trophy that they last won in 2015. So that is our target.

"We've got a lot of respect for them - they have an wonderful team with an incredible manager - but it's a massive opportunity to make a special moment again".

Premier League champions Chelsea were held to a goalless draw away to second-tier Norwich City in a tiresome FA Cup third round tie on Saturday. But despite all these facts, our aim is to beat them.

"We tried to win the game and we did it in the second half. If the schedule next season says you have to play every two days, then every two days we are going to play".

"If it doesn't happen, we are going to move forward with the players we have".

"That was my own situation over the last month".

"In sport, the most important thing is what's next - visualize, focus on what's next".

"Sometimes in football, the rule might be the rule, but there's a common sense moment, especially from experienced referees where they think 'hang on, that's the player that's got to be in that slot, and I've just allowed it to be passed through there when he's five yards away from the free kick, motioning towards me, are you going to blow the whistle?'"

"My priority is the next one - tomorrow", Guardiola said before the game and he was true to his word with Nicolas Otamendi, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane, Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho all starting, while Claudio Bravo and Oleksandr Zinchenko were given rare starts too.

Manchester City are without skipper Vincent Kompany, who has a calf niggle.