Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said it really is”incredible we are fighting for everything” after his side reached the FA Cup semi-finals in stunning fashion to maintain their quadruple hopes living.
They are high in the Premierleague, at the Champions League Quarter Finals and have already won the League Cup.
“Fighting for everything is the main things for your own club,” he said.
However, Guardiola, 4-8, considers the Citizens’ victory ought to be judged by how much they always move in competitions rather than just silverware.
“The incredible thing after what we achieved this season is in this point we are fighting for everything.
“Therefore, most important for your own club – significantly more than winning one name – is having the mentality to be there until the end and fight for the titles in this stage of the summer season.
“That’s crucial because for future years, for the newest players and managers who are coming, they are going to learn using this particular group of players, and this group , we never quit and fight for each and every game and name until the end.
“That is actually the ideal lesson”
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager came in City at 2016, tasked by moving the club – which had won 2 Premier League titles at the prior four seasons – into the”whole new level” demanded by its own Abu Dhabi owners.
Guardiola didn’t win a prize in his debut campaign in England – first season in his training career where he wound up without silverware – before leading City into the Premier League and League Cup in recordbreaking fashion every year.
“People will say not winning the Champions League is just a big, big loser with this club but I really don’t know when this comes from past players – they understand how difficult it is to get the Champions League or win the name,” Guardiola said.
“It is so difficult, because the competitions are so good and we have 10 weeks with lots of games”
‘I am sorry it had been offside’
City, who last won the FA Cup at 2011, revealed their fighting qualities since they survived a scare against Swansea because of Sergio Aguero’s late winner.
Substitute Aguero be at Swansea keeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt having a diving header, although replays revealed the Argentina striker was slightly offside.
However, the video assistant review system wasn’t in use at the Liberty Stadium, despite being used in City’s third and fourth-round ties in their Etihad Stadium home.
“I am sorry that it had been offside,” Guardiola said afterwards of the winner.
“I really actually don’t know just why VAR is not used in this contest at this point. Hopefully, next season this wont occur”
Discussing Match of the Day, former England captain Alan Shearer said:”It is very wrong and very unfair. Swansea’s scene could have been equipped for VAR, these were a Premier League team shortly ago and they will come to feel hard done by to night and so.”