City quick to move on

Manchester City may have lost their English Premier League crown but they still have two trophies in their crosshairs, manager Pep Guardiola said after the club reached the FA Cup semi-finals with a 2-0 win over Newcastle. As well as the Cup, City are also still in the hunt for the Champions...

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Manchester City may have lost their English Premier League crown but they still have two trophies in their crosshairs, manager Pep Guardiola said after the club reached the FA Cup semi-finals with a 2-0 win over Newcastle.

As well as the Cup, City are also still in the hunt for the Champions League title and hold a 2-1 lead over Real Madrid from the away leg of their last-16 clash in February before the competition was suspended due to Covid-19.

Europe's elite club competition will be completed with an eight-team mini-tournament held in Lisbon in August. The FA Cup semis will be held on July 18-19 and the final is scheduled for August 1.

"We have two competitions we can win," Guardiola said. "It will be good to arrive against Real Madrid in the best condition. To win this title would be the best way to prepare for Madrid."

Guardiola also said he was pleased with City's response after last week's 2-1 defeat at Chelsea handed Liverpool the Premier League title.

City will face Arsenal at an empty Wembley in the last four next month after the Gunners struck in stoppage time to beat Sheffield United 2-1.

Chelsea were 1-0 victors at Leicester thanks to Ross Barkley's winner which set up a semi-final clash with Manchester United.

Kevin De Bruyne's penalty and a stunning strike from Raheem Sterling got City back to winning ways.

"In the Premier League we are struggling to focus," said Guardiola, whose side fell so far behind Liverpool even before the season was suspended. "Now the Cup and the Champions League it is a little bit different."