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Friday 19 April 2019

Guardiola refuses to talk about City quadruple yet

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Pep Guardiola has shunned talk of Manchester City winning an unprecedented quadruple - at least until the end of April if they are still hunting four trophies.

City fought back to claim an FA Cup semi-final spot with a controversial 3-2 win at Swansea on Saturday.

The second and third goals might not have stood had VAR been in operation at the Liberty Stadium, with City given a dubious penalty before Sergio Aguero appeared to be offside when heading in the winner.

But the Football Association ruled only Premier League grounds would use the system at the last-eight stage, a decision that Swansea labelled "strange" given that the club possesses the technology to accommodate VAR.

"Ask me at the end of April (about quadruple) and I will answer you," Guardiola said. "I know for the people it will be a big failure if we don't win three or four titles, so I'm sorry.

"Now we are going to fight every game after the international break."

City already have the League Cup in the trophy cabinet, are battling Liverpool for the Premier League and meet Spurs next month in the Champions League quarter-finals.

As well as the VAR controversy, the quarter- final tie was marred in the closing moments when a fan ran on to the pitch from a stand housing home fans and jostled City substitute Oleksandr Zinchenko.

The fan was rugby tackled to the ground by a steward and the incident came on the back of recent similar pitch invasions at Arsenal and Birmingham.

"It's happened a few times lately and it's a worry because in the future we could have problems," Guardiola said.

"It's not nice but thankfully nothing happened this time."

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