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Guardiola: ‘I would love to have more days to enjoy our qualification’

Fri 16 April 2021 | 18:39

Pep Guardiola’s side are going to face Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final after their Champions League victory against Borussia Dortmund.

After their

Champions League

victory over Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday,

Manchester City

are going to face

Chelsea

in the

FA Cup

semi-final at Wembley on Saturday.

It is their second time in the European semi-finals and also the first time under

Pep Guardiola

, according to

Goal

.

When Pep Guardiola was asked about playing two big games in a week, he answered:

"It is much, much, much easier - imagine playing that game after not qualifying for the Champions League semi-finals, it would be tougher.

"I would love to have more days to enjoy our qualification, recover better for the game, but the schedule is the schedule and when you are a contender in all the competitions you have this schedule.

"The guys are training well and tomorrow they are going to face one of the best teams in Europe and try to do a good performance to reach the final."

Sergio Aguero

is the only absentee for tomorrow’s game.

"The rest are okay, tired but in a good mood and okay," Guardiola added.

It is also likely that US goalkeeper Zack Steffen is going to replace Ederson.

Guardiola also refused to be drawn on the possibility of winning the quadruple and is only focused on the training and their Saturday’s game.

It is going to be the first time he will face

Thomas Tuchel

since he took over at Chelsea and the City manager is not surprised by his impact after also taking his side through to the Champions League semi-finals in midweek.

"I'm not surprised, because I know him from Mainz, then Dortmund," Guardiola said. "He took over a team in mid-season here but he has a lot of experience at top clubs like PSG and Chelsea. I knew from the beginning he would do a good job."


source: SportMob