Guardiola hoping De Bruyne can kick-on

Sterling's generosity was not the only ticketing item on the agenda for Guardiola, after City failed to sell out their allocation for the semi-final. Since that time Chelsea has won eight major titles including Premier Leagues and a Champions League and has been a better team over their fellow London team rival.

Brighton midfielder, Dale Stephens says Wembley will feel more homely as The Seagulls take on Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-finals.

The coming weekend sees attention once again shared in England between the FA Cup and the Premier League.

"The current team has peaked and that is because they have not strengthened in two years".

At Wembley on Saturday, City face Brighton & Hove Albion as overwhelming favourites to win their FA Cup semifinal and progress to next month's final against either Watford or Wolves.

"We are still young in terms of a lot of titles but every season when you are able to win you become a better club, a better organisation, so that's the target", the Spaniard added.

"We have six cup finals, I think we can get results in all the final games", said Warnock.

One point separates the two sides after 32 matches of the 2018-19 campaign, and Guardiola knows Liverpool will be poised to take advantage of any slip-up his quadruple-chasing side may make.

City's Quadruple bid took a huge wobble in the quarter-finals when trailing 2-0 at Swansea with just over 20 minutes left but persistence, class and some old-fashioned luck with an offside victor took them over the line.

"Our team is world class, to come in the team you have to prove yourself, and that's what he's doing when he's on the field". I'm just interested in our games and we can not do more than win our games. Our main target is to win the league and the Champions League because we have the quality in the team and the staff, the club is unbelievable.

"It doesn't look good for the next days", said Guardiola. I believe they would wipe the floor with the United team from 1999 because United simply wouldn't get hold of the ball! "The doctors are going to tell me [Saturday] if he's a risk of being injured and after that whether it could be three or four weeks out".

  • Steve Townsend