Manchester City has earned a place in the final of the FA Cup after defeating Sheffield United with a convincing 3-0 victory in the semi-finals. Algerian attacker Riyad Mahrez was the star of the show, scoring all three goals in the match.
City Set to Face Off Against Rival Manchester United in the Final
City will now face off against their city rivals, Manchester United, in the final of the FA Cup. The Red Devils secured their place in the final after defeating Brighton in a penalty shootout.
The current season presents an opportunity for Manchester City to achieve the prestigious "triple crown". The team is already in the semi-finals of the Champions League and is hot on the heels of Arsenal in the Premiership.
The only team to have achieved the feat in a single season is Manchester United back in 1999. Despite their city rivals' success, United fans are reportedly fearful of the possibility of their arch-rivals celebrating a similar achievement right under their noses.
When asked about this, Guardiola had this to say: “They don’t have to be scared, we are neighbours, neighbours are always nice to each other I said yesterday we are far away from the treble and this discussion for a funny moment is OK.
The reality, I said many times, the most impressive thing for this club, from the hierarchy to the backroom staff is that after many years, six years, winning titles and titles, we are still there [competing]. I love to be here and work with this club." Guardiola went on to express his appreciation for the stability of the club, saying, “One year you can do it – I don’t want to win one Champions League and after be in the bottom.
The Champions League [can] destroy projects when you win or lose [but] this club is quite stable. With seven weeks left, we are still fighting for titles – this is the most important trophy we can get. Thank you so much to the [players] – the last three years, the worst performances we have done in the FA Cup is the semis.
Today a lot of people from Manchester travelled here so we have to perform well. Win or lose, [we] perform how we should and, in the first minute of the warm-up and before in the locker room, we were there”. The manager also had high praise for Mahrez, stating, “Riyad plays well in every game, also in decisive games.
He loves to play football. He’s a big fan, an amateur spirit. He loves to be in contact with the ball. That’s why he’s upset [not] to play because he wants to play”.
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