MIDDLESBROUGH, United Kingdom: Pep Guardiola insists he is keeping all his options open as he pursues a trophy in his first season at Manchester City.
Guardiola’s side are still in contention in the Premier League and Champions League, but the City manager appears equally committed to success in the FA Cup.
Facing a quarter-final at Premier League strugglers Middlesbrough on Saturday, Guardiola admirably resisted the temptation to rest several of his most influential players with a Champions League trip to Monaco only four days away.
The Spaniard was rewarded with a 2-0 victory that represented the ideal preparation for Wednesday’s game where they lead 5-3 after the last-16 first leg, and a daunting run of Premier League fixtures against Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea.
“Now we need to take things step by step and see which rivals we are going to face in the semi-finals.
“This is a big step for us and now we must try to go back for the final after the semi-final because the cup is very important to us.
“I get excited a lot about going to Wembley because I remember the old and the new stadium. We are so happy to be there and we are there because of the way we played. I’m so pleased with our performance.”