– It’s a very difficult period, but I told the players that I don’t want any excuses. We have to go to Wembley and play our game, Pep Guardiola said before the FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool.
The FA Cup semi-finals are always difficult, especially against this team. Even with players who are healthy and rested, he says mancity.com.
Guardiola has a lot of FA Cup experience – and for the fifth time, the Blues have moved into the semi-finals. But only one of the previous four seasons finished last. Jurgen Klopp, for his part, is ready for his first FA Cup semi-final.
We are stable, but we haven’t done well at this point in the championship. He says we have a chance to reach the final in a tournament that has a long history.
Both Guardiola and Klopp should lead the teams through a tight match programme, with important matches approximately every three days. The Spaniard will not complain for this reason.
As a manager, I’ve learned that you have to adapt to the schedule when you’re far away in the different tournaments. There is no point in complaining. We’re here because we’re fighting for titles, and it’s going to take weeks if we don’t, he says.
– We want to be here because we want to fight for trophies. It’s not an ideal situation, but we’ll be where we are and try to win the match, he said.
Last year, the semi-finals ended with a loss to Chelsea – also after midweek in the Champions League.
– We reached the semi-finals of the Champions League in Dortmund, and three days later we met Chelsea here. We weren’t good at first. In the second half we pushed them but it was difficult to break their defensive system. We hope to do better this time around,” says the Manchester City manager.
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