Pablo Zabaleta Claims Man City Won't Park the Bus at Monaco

Mar 14, 2017, 00:43
Pablo Zabaleta Claims Man City Won't Park the Bus at Monaco

Pep Guardiola was rewarded for his bold selection decision at the Riverside with David Silva and Sergio Aguero guiding Manchester City in the FA Cup semifinals just four days before Wednesday's crucial Champions League return against AS Monaco.

Middlesbrough 0 lost to Man City 2 (Silva 3, Aguero 67).

Middlesbrough goalkeeper Brad Guzan produced a number of fine saves to deny Silva, Leroy Sane and deflect an Aguero shot on to the post.

But as they continue their bid for glory on three fronts - they are in Champions League action in Monaco on Wednesday evening - their manager has insisted they can not consider themselves a top club until they realise defeat is simply not an option.

"He will play football until he decides because he loves playing", Guardiola added. "Today was a "final" and I didn't want to be sat here saying I am out of the cup", said the City boss.

"When you attack good, you defend good".

The ex-Ivory Coast midfielder has been swept up in a wave of emotion since City's Champions League comeback against Monaco two weeks ago.

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"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".

Toure who himself lifted the Champions League at Barca in 2009, said: "If you ask the fans, they believe". I think now something is starting to happen here.

However, their form in the FA Cup has been much better as the north-east side have scored three times in two of their three victories in the competition this season. "The reason we're creating more goals and conceding fewer is the way we play".

So often this season, Premier League clubs have paid a heavy price for squad rotation in the FA Cup but Guardiola took no chances.

Guardiola admitted that his first season will be considered a failure if he didn't collect any silverware, but stated that he is looking to establish a winning mentality that he picked up in his younger years in Spain.

"I hope it's not a serious thing, just the one knock, but I have to wait for the scans".