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Pep Guardiola takes Manchester City to the FA Cup final

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With an early winner scored by Gabriel Jesus, Catalan manager Pep Guardiola is one step closer to that Quadruple after reaching the FA Cup final.

After the record-breaking season ended for Manchester City, Pep Guardiola knew that the next challenge would be even more complicated for him because of his high of a standard he set himself in English football and he just reached the first FA Cup final of his career.

The Citizens had a tremendous amount of pressure with all the Quadruple talk in the air, even Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp got on the bandwagon just to see if he was capable of making Manchester City lose a bit of focus with some applied pressure.

But the German manager’s plans didn’t seem to work for this match at least, as Manchester City was able to get a victory against Brighton & Hove Albion at Wembley Stadium in the FA Cup semifinal.

The Citizens only needed a single goal to get this win, which came in the very first minutes of the match after a clinical assist from Kevin de Bruyne from the right flank found Gabriel Jesus’ head for the only goal of the evening in London.

The rest of the match was extremely difficult for both sides, Manchester City attempted to score the second goal several times but Brighton wasn’t that easy to break throughout the whole 90 minutes.

In the end, Manchester City was able to get the victory with much difficulty but they could finally breathe after the final whistle. However, this is where things start to get more interesting as we have a crucial next two months for the Citizens.

With the FA Cup final in the bag, Pep Guardiola knows that it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming match as he’s always done it.

The thing is that the next rival is Tottenham Hotspur, the Citizens have a very complicated visit to the new Spurs’ stadium in the Champions League next Tuesday and the nervousness is about to take a whole new meaning in every single Manchester City fan.

Pep Guardiola will try to keep his cool for as long as he can before the next game, but he did seem a little on edge after the match against Brighton.

The very first question he got in the press conference was obviously Quadruple-related and his response was on point as always.

“It’s almost impossible to win the quadruple. Surviving is a miracle. It’s nice to be there! Do you believe we can play 60 games and give a fantastic performance every time? No team can do that.”

“Sir Alex Ferguson won the treble and not every game was like that. It doesn’t work in that way,” said Pep during his press conference after reaching his first FA Cup final.

Even though we know that the Premier League is one of the most complicated trophies to win this season due to how difficult Liverpool is making it, Pep Guardiola knows that the biggest challenge this season will be the Champions League.

Beating Tottenham Hotspur is only the first of many obstacles that the Citizens are going to get before the end of the season, getting past the Spurs will mean that Pep is going to play the Champions League semifinals for the first time since he became the Manchester City manager.

The most feared rival in the horizon is his former club, FC Barcelona is currently in top form with Lionel Messi playing in GOAT mode right now.

We can bet anything that Pep Guardiola would very much prefer to play his former squad in the final rather than the semifinal, but he knows that bating Tottenham is the first order of business before even daring to think about going further in the continental competition.

Despite the many efforts that Pep Guardiola will make to avoid any quadruple talk, the whole world will keep talking about this unique possibility that Guardiola has in his hands.

If there is someone who is capable of winning four titles in a single season, that man is the one who won six on his very first year as a manager for FC Barcelona.

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