City bounce back to keep their tre­ble dream alive

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By Luke Ed­wards

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].”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.