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Guardiola: We need two victories

Guardiola: We need two victories

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola acknowledges a situation and thinks his side has lost some direction in the Premier League.

In the search for the glory of the FA Cup and the Champions League after their Premier League title defense officially ended, Manchester City was expected to be more concentrated, admitted Pep Guardiola

In the quarter-final of the Sunday’s FA Cup at Newcastle United, they were in good form during a 2-0 victory, City’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea on Thursday saw Liverpool crowned champions.

By scoring a penalty for the first half Kevin De Bruyne celebrated his 29th birthday before Raheem Sterling put the finishing touch on a routine victory after the break to book a last-four Arsenal showdown.

It remains possible for City to end this term with an EFL Cup, FA Cup, and Champions League triple, with Guardiola stating that it is understandable that the attentions of his players are now heading to Wembley as well as the last-16 second leg against Real Madrid in Europe’s elite competition – a game in which they lead 2-1.

“After the defeat in London against Chelsea, of course now in the Premier League we’re struggling a little bit to focus,” Guardiola told the BBC.

“We’re playing for qualification to the Champions League, it’s not done but we’re close, we need two victories.”

“But, of course, now the FA Cup and Champions League it’s a little bit different for the fact we’re playing at Wembley again, we were winners last season, we are in the semis again and that’s so, so good. Then we prepare for the end of the season against Madrid.”

On the game, Guardiola added: “First we are in the semi-final, it was not easy to attack against defenders so, so deep.”

“It was a solid performance, we conceded few [chances]and we are happy to be going back to London to Wembley.”

After City has endured a series of spot-kick woes, De Bruyne has been the official penalty taker this season.

The talented Belgian playmaker says he is ready to shoulder the burden.

“We had a few problems this year and I think the gaffer asked me to step up against Madrid,” he said.

“I’ve scored a couple now. If I’m the taker now I will try. Obviously there will be a day I miss, you have to take your responsibility, it if it’s in it’s good.”

“It was a solid performance, we conceded few [chances]and we are happy to be going back to London to Wembley.”

This season after City has endured a series of spot-kick woes, De Bruyne has been the official penalty taker.

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