Guardiola: Forget about City winning the treble

6 months ago 194

11:04 PM GMT

  • Mark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC

Pep Guardiola has dismissed speech of Manchester City achieving a treble this season, saying his players indispensable "forget astir it" aft a 3-0 triumph astatine EFL Championship broadside Bristol City secured a spot successful the FA Cup quarterfinals.

Two goals from Phil Foden and a second-half onslaught from Kevin De Bruyne sealed triumph to support City connected people for occurrence successful 3 competitions -- the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup.

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But City manager Guardiola, who guided Barcelona to a league, cupful and Champions League treble successful 2009, said that focusing connected a repetition astatine City would beryllium excessively overmuch of a distraction.

"No, hide astir it [treble]," Guardiola said. "Forget it. When you commencement to speech astir that, you commencement to suffer competitions and driblet competitions.

"We are not ready. Not adjacent 1 2nd to deliberation astir that, we conscionable deliberation astir [next crippled against] Newcastle.

"The lone happening I said galore times -- I'm truthful annoyed to accidental it again and again and again and again aft what happened successful the past years -- we are inactive close now, 1 much twelvemonth being determination two, 3 months distant to decorativeness the season, we are inactive successful 3 competitions.

"That is the biggest credit. This is the biggest title. The biggest one. I cognize we cannot driblet points successful the Premier League due to the fact that we person connected apical of america a squad [Arsenal] and [Manchester] United is coming from behind.

"And Champions league, we spot what hap successful 2 weeks. What is important is we are there, but of course, we are going to proceed arsenic agelong arsenic possible."

Man City way Premier League leaders Arsenal by 2 points, having played a crippled more, and are tied 1-1 going into the 2nd limb of their Champions League circular of 16 necktie with RB Leipzig astatine the Etihad Stadium successful 2 weeks' time.

Guardiola, meanwhile, praised Foden for his show aft handing the England winger a uncommon commencement astatine Ashton Gate.

"Dynamic, rhythm, enactment rate, his quality," Guardiola said. "His vocation was ever up, up, up. This play helium struggled a spot and was a spot down. But present he's backmost for the champion spot of the season.

"His interaction has been amazing. Football pays disconnected erstwhile you enactment similar helium does."

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