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Pep Guardiola writes ahead of FA Cup semi-final

Pep Guardiola writes ahead of FA Cup semi-final

When Guardiola's Barcelona completed the Treble of La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League in 2009, it was a taste of what was to come from a team with Lionel Messi as its talisman.

"It doesn't look good for the next days", said Guardiola. "Sergio is going to play when he's really, really fit", the manager said. "It's a semi-final. It's an important game and we'll play with the best side possible".

The 24-year-old was disciplined earlier this season for reporting late for training after attending a high-profile boxing event in London the previous night, while he was also spotted in a nightclub in the early hours of last Saturday morning.

Once more Brighton are heading to Wembley - although this time in a semi - and they're just five points above the drop zone.

"Now it is a joy, an incredible moment". We've won our first two - The FA Community Shield and the EFL Cup final - so let's hope we can make it three today. Mendy alone can not help us arrive in the end of April with the challenge of winning something more.

The Belgian midfielder has had to be patient this season after suffering a number of injuries. I'm just interested in our games and we can not do more than win our games. "It's been that kind of season". 'I think for him it is easy because the players he has around him are quite humble.

"Yes, of course. We had a hard game against Cardiff", Hazard added. Our main target is to win the league and the Champions League because we have the quality in the team and the staff, the club is unbelievable.

"It makes it exciting", he said.

There is an argument that playing against teams scrapping desperately against relegation is tougher, at this stage of the campaign, than taking on mid-table sides with little to motivate them.

And Hazard, a two-time Premier League champion with Chelsea, took the opportunity to fire a barb at Tottenham over failing to convert their undoubted development into trophies.

"For me personally I've not been there yet, I've not won it".

City are the clear favorites to beat Brighton and reach their second Cup final of the season as they pursue their dream of a domestic treble and a domestic and European "quadruple" of four titles.


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