Pep Guardiola glows as praxis starts to make ideal at Manchester City

"Joe Hart is a Manchester City player and we will decide at the end of the season", Guardiola said.

His most recent attempt at squad rotation failed when Guardiola chose to start Wednesday's Premier League home game against Stoke without his two best creative players.

By the time they go to Stamford Bridge on April 5, the FA Cup may provide the sole remaining opportunity for Guardiola to fulfil his desire to lift the trophy that means City's season will not be considered a total failure.

With five minutes remaining in the first half, Yaya Toure nearly doubled City's lead but his header off Kevin De Bruyne's cross narrowly missed the target.

"The players have to show me at the training ground every day they are ready to play and fight for this club". "The reason we're creating more goals and conceding fewer is the way we play".

Meanwhile, Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka insists he has the full backing of chairman Steve Gibson despite seeing his side drop into the relegation zone for the first time this season after a 10-game winless Premier League run.

The cup action means there are only four Premier League games this weekend, with three on Saturday: Hull vs. Swansea; Everton vs. Normally that just happens in the final, but here it is in the semi-final too and of course we are so happy to be there, so happy.

"When you attack better, you defend better, When you defend better, you attack better", the Spaniard added.

Karanka's side will host Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City while also facing away trips to Chelsea and Liverpool, but there are also three vital away games at Bournemouth, Swansea City and Hull City to come, which could determine their fate.

"It was something that I wanted to change and felt I was more than capable of changing but to get results he needed to have a team he felt comfortable with and a team he wanted". I immediately realised the game will not be done until the 92nd or 93rd minute in the second leg'.

Pep Guardiola is heading to Wembley with Manchester City after the Blues brushed Middlesbrough aside at the Riverside.

"We want to keep progressing as a team and as a club".

  • Julie Sanders