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Treble in the city: Fernandinh­o backs Sky Blues after FA Cup loss

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MANCHESTER City skipper Fernandinh­o said Saturday's 1-0 FA Cup semi-final defeat by Chelsea was difficult to take but he backed the team to overcome the disappoint­ment and focus on their upcoming challenges.

Eight-time FA Cup winners Chelsea advanced to another final thanks to a second-half goal by Hakim Ziyech. The result ended City's dream of an unpreceden­ted quadruple of titles, but Fernandinh­o said they were beaten by the better side.

"It's a big disappoint­ment to lose an FA Cup semi-final - it's hard to take. It was an important match for us but they were a bit better than us ... congratula­tions to them," Fernandinh­o said after the game.

City, who are 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League, take on Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup final later this month and are in the Champions League semi-finals where they face Paris St Germain.

Midfielder Fernandinh­o said his side had to turn their attention to Wednesday's league game at Aston Villa. City need 11 points from their six remaining games to secure a third league title in four years.

"For the team, which wants to fight for every trophy, we have to refocus as soon as possible and tomorrow we'll focus on the game at Villa, then the League Cup final,"

Fernandinh­o said.

"Every game we have to be ready give our best."

City's defeat was overshadow­ed by a an ankle injury to playmaker Kevin de Bruyne in the second half.

"He has pain now. Tomorrow he has a test with doctors. Apparently it doesn't look good but we'll see tomorrow," City manager Pep Guardiola said. to

 ?? | .Reuters ?? MANCHESTER City’s Fernandinh­o.
| .Reuters MANCHESTER City’s Fernandinh­o.

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