Pep Guardiola Enjoying Manchester City’s Cup Run

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Pep Guardiola is relishing the challenge of competing on all fronts as Manchester City are scheduled to face Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup semifinal first leg.

City have more matches to play than their title rivals Liverpool who got crashed out of the FA Cup following a defeat to Wolves. The defending champions do have a pile of fixtures coming up ahead as they also have to play the reverse fixture irrespective of the result of the match.

Liverpool are already out of both cup competitions and it could provide them with a leverage in the title race. But Guardiola insists he is enjoying the intense schedule as City would love to take part in all the competitions.

Guardiola said, “I don’t know [if fewer games gives Liverpool an advantage] – I don’t have a theory from my experience about that.

“If everyone is fit and not injured we can cope with it. The problem is if you have 10 injured players, then it’s almost impossible.

“I prefer it [being involved in four competitions], definitely. I like to be in the four competitions as far as possible. When Wigan put us out of the FA Cup last season I was sad. I take the cups seriously.

“I’m not involved in what my opponents do. The reality for Jurgen [Klopp] is he knows exactly what happened.

“Of course you need a big squad – without quality you can’t even win one trophy. With the quality and amount of players we have, you can do it, because the team is always stable.”

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