Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has acknowledged that his side lost some direction in the Premier League.
City’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea on Thursday saw Liverpool crowned champions, with no way for second-week City to bridge the gap.
“After the defeat in London against Chelsea, of course now in the Premier League we’re struggling a little bit to focus,” Guardiola told the.
Pep Guardiola then claimed that his side of Manchester City will be more concentrated in their search for glory going forward.
After their Premier League title defence officially ended, City now has its sights on the FA Cup and the Champions League:
“We’re playing for qualification to the Champions League, it’s not done but we’re close, we need two victories.
“But, of course, now the FA Cup and Champions League it’s a little bit different for the fact we’re playing at Wembley again, we were winners last season, we are in the semis again and that’s so, so good. Then we prepare for the end of the season against Madrid.”
Guardiola thus stated that it is understandable that the attentions of his players are now heading to Wembley as well as the last-16 second leg against Real Madrid in Europe’s elite competition – a game in which they lead 2-1.
Indeed, it remains possible for City to end this term with a triple win- including EFL Cup, FA Cup and Champions League.
After all, they were in good form during a 2-0 victory in the quarter-final of the Sunday’s FA Cup at Newcastle United.
On the game, Guardiola said: “First we are in the semi-final, it was not easy to attack against defenders so, so deep.
“It was a solid performance, we conceded few [chances]and we are happy to be going back to London to Wembley.”
Kevin De Bruyne has been the official penalty taker this season after City has endured a series of spot-kick woes.
The talented Belgian playmaker says he is ready to shoulder the burden.
“We had a few problems this year and I think the gaffer asked me to step up against Madrid,” he said. “I’ve scored a couple now. If I’m the taker now I will try. Obviously, there will be a day I miss, you have to take your responsibility, it if it’s in it’s good.”
Even in this match, De Bruyne scored a penalty for the first half. He celebrated his 29th birthday this way.
Raheem Sterling put the finishing touch on a routine victory after the break to book a last-four Arsenal showdown.