Pep Guardiola comments raise Sheffield United’s hopes of Man City FA Cup shock

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City boss speaks out after Champions League progress ahead of Sheffield United FA Cup semi-final

Pep Guardiola has insisted his Manchester City side are “exhausted” despite going into this weekend’s FA Cup semi-final against Sheffield United on the back of qualifying for the Champions League last four.

City booked their third successive European semi-final after beating Bayern Munich 4-1 on aggregate after a 1-1 draw in Germany last night. It is a quick turnaround for City, who face United on Saturday at Wembley before a Premier League title decider against Arsenal next Wednesday evening.

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“The team is exhausted, so I don’t know how we are going to recover to play against Sheffield United because we play on Saturday,” Guardiola told BT Sport.

“It’s so demanding, so I don’t know how we will arrive because now is a tough moment for the game on Saturday.”

Striker Erling Haaland recovered from an earlier penalty miss to score City’s goal, his 48th of his first season in English football.

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“Erling is a threat. We know that,” Guardiola added. He showed personality for the penalty. He missed it but it doesn’t matter.

“He is having a good season and finishing really good. I’m so happy - three years in a row in the semi-finals of the Champions League against an incredible team.

“But we struggled in the first half and 4-1 doesn’t show the two games. Fortunately, they missed their chances.

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“We defended well and in the second half we were much better. The only regret is we didn’t have more sequences of passes. You have to have more passes against a team of that quality.

“But apart from that, congratulations to all at Manchester City and thank you to all our fans who came to Munich.”

Midfielder Kevin De Bruyne added: “It is going to be a quick turnaround [to the United game]. “The schedule is what it is. It is very hard for us, but it is a privilege playing in all these semi-finals.

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“A lot of people want to be in our position. We are proud but we have to go on.”

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