Man City boss Guardiola praises Mendy for FA Cup triumph

CITY have the players and the quality needed to win the Quadruple this season - but they are going to need some luck along the way.

Benjamin Mendy is confident his injury problems are behind him after returning to the Manchester City team in Saturday's 1-0 FA Cup semi-final victory over Brighton and Hove Albion.

Liverpool is back on top for now after beating Southampton on Friday night but City has a game in hand to wipe out that two-point lead. They face Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Brighton are battling for their Premier League survival, but Seagulls boss Chris Hughton insists an upset is possible, even if he admitted it would be "foolish to go toe-to-toe" with Guardiola's men.

"It is almost impossible".

"We can not achieve important titles without important players saying "guys I'm here", he said.

No team in English football has ever won all four but Cole himself came close in 1999 when his Manchester United team famously won the Treble. The Champions League is the same.

Sterling acknowledged that Brighton made life hard for the Premier League champions, who remain on course for an unprecedented quadruple, and was delighted to emerge with victory.

The possibility of English football's first clean sweep of four trophies is growing stronger every week but Guardiola still thinks it's a hugely hard task to pull off. "We're trying to get to an FA Cup final and then keep running".

"I don't know the reason why, maybe the club could answer it better", Guardiola said of the event. "We have to prepare ourselves mentally and physically to be ready".

"The stadium doesn't matter".

"Spurs are a very good team".

The question now is whether they can continue to play within themselves and win everything still to be won, or if the time has come for them to step it up and meet the challenge that lies ahead. They will not change.

"They are risky. It was tough".

The FA Cup final between City and either Watford or Wolves will take place at Wembley on May 18.

City are still favourites due to their game in hand, but De Bruyne does not think the Reds will allow any margin for error. "He knows the way we want to play", added Guardiola.

Guardiola said that he wanted to work with Mendy to get the best out of the player.

"We have played two seasons without a left-back".

"When you achieve 100 points, you can not repeat that".

Although they have a five-point cushion over the bottom three, Brighton are not yet clear of relegation in the Premier League.

  • Julie Sanders