The manager of Manchester City, Pep Guardiola has urged his players to forget about the quarter-final stage of the UEFA Champions League. The Spanish tactician and his boys are through to the quarter-final stage of the competition after knocking out Borussia Monchengladbach 4-0 on aggregate.
The Premier League club beat the German club 2-0 in the first leg of the round. Guardiola and his boys finished the job on Tuesday with another 2-0 win to qualify for the next round of the competition.
This means that Manchester City are still title contenders of four major titles which include the Premier League, the Champions League, the FA Cup, and the EFL Cup.
Pep Guardiola and his boys are currently topping the Premier League table with 71 points in 30 games, 14 points away from second-placed Manchester United.
They are also in the quarter-final stage of the FA Cup. They are scheduled to play against Everton in the quarter-final stage of the competition on March 20, 2021.
After that, Manchester City is expected to continue with their dominance in the Premier League on April 3 when they will face Leicester City in a Premier League game.
As they are fighting to continue with their stronghold on the Premier League first spot, they will have a meeting with Tottenham Hotspur in the final of the EFL Cup on April 25.
If Pep Guardiola and his boys are successful in all these competitions, they will end the season with four major titles, a feat that the Spanish coach is looking forward to.
After the UEFA Champions League match against Borussia Monchengladbach, the Manchester City coach highlighted some of the commitments ahead of the club and noted that “everything can change in one day”.
He said: “We have Leicester, then the Champions League, then Leeds, and then the Champions League… I don’t know what is going to happen.
“That is why we had to forget about the quarter-finals and just win this game. We have to do what we have done in the previous seasons.
“On Saturday, if we deserve it we will go through against Everton, and if not we will be out.
“We have a good rhythm right now, but for the managers, in this world today it is about how you manage unpredictability.
“I have a feeling they will come back with just two months left and we will need four games to win the Premier League.
“I want to arrive in the end to win the title and in the other ones, make a few mistakes and win as best as possible.
“It is important to win, no matter what, no matter when. We are close. We have games to play. Sometimes when you win a title early, it is not good for the knockout competitions because when you have to fight for one it helps you fight for the other ones.
“That is why we just have to focus on the next game. Don’t focus on the quarter-finals; this is the best way and after we will see what happens.”
PEP 💬 Today is good. We are going to celebrate it. Everybody is fit. But everything can change in one day. International break, we don’t know how people will come back. pic.twitter.com/cNVkEgtTH0— Manchester City (@ManCity) March 16, 2021