City bounce back to keep their treble dream alive
Manchester City overcame the disappointment of surrendering the Premier League title to Liverpool this week by seeing off Newcastle United with a clinical 2-0 victory in yesterday’s FA Cup quarter-final, which kept alive the dream of a trophy treble.
Goals by Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling at St James’ Park teed up a semi-final showdown at Wembley between City manager Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta, his former No2 at the Etihad, who is now in charge of Arsenal. They were 2-1 winners yesterday away to Sheffield United. Chelsea eased to a 1-0 win at Leicester to book a place in the other semi-final against Manchester United, who earned their last-four spot with a 2-1 victory at Norwich on Saturday.
FA Cup holders City have already won the League Cup and are hoping to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.
“It was not easy to attack against a team defending so deep,” said Guardiola after yesterday’s win, “but it was a good performance. I am happy to go back to London, to Wembley.
“After the defeat against Chelsea, [on Thursday], now in the Premier League we are struggling to focus. We are close in the Champions League and there is a gap. We are at Wembley again and were winners last season, so that is so good. We are of course preparing for Real Madrid now [on Aug 7].”