Winning the FA Cup will be perfect preparation for Real clash- Guardiola

Winning the FA Cup will be perfect preparation for Real clash- Guardiola

Pep Guardiola believes winning the FA Cup will help in preparing the players for their Champions league match against Real Madrid.

City is still in the hunt for the Champions League title and holds a 2-1 lead over Real Madrid from their away leg clash in February.

The Spaniard challenged his team to prepare for their Champions League showdown against Real Madrid by winning the FA Cup.

He said: ‘We are delighted after the defeat against Chelsea to be in London again at Wembley to play against Arsenal in the semi-final to try to reach the final of the FA Cup.

‘Always it’s an incredible trophy and it gives us an extra bonus. We spoke after what happened in the Premier League – we need two more victories to qualify for Champions League.

‘But we have two competitions we can win. We made the first step today. It will be good to arrive against Real Madrid in the best condition.

‘To win this title would be the best way to prepare for Madrid.’

After a routine 2-0 win at Newcastle in the quarter final of the FA Cup, Guardiola said: ‘It was a fantastic goal from Raheem. For the penalty, I didn’t see the review. Gabriel Jesus could have headed the ball and I think the opponent pushed him.

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

 

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