Arsenal given lift as Man City’s Guardiola makes alarming comment

Guardiola reflects on another Champions League semi-final for Man City

Pep Guardiola has admitted that his side are ‘exhausted’ ahead of upcoming clashes against Sheffield United and Arsenal. Manchester City have a heavy schedule in front of them as they continue their pursuit of FA Cup, Champions League and Premier League glory.

The Sky Blues drew 1-1 with Bayern Munich on Wednesday night, thus qualifying for the semi-finals of the Champions League on a 4-1 aggregate. But despite holding the Bavarian giants at the Allianz, Guardiola claims his side are on unsteady legs.

“We are exhausted,” said Guardiola after the game. “I don’t know how we recover to play against Sheffield United. Now is a tough moment for the game on Saturday.”

City play Sheffield on Saturday in the FA Cup semi-final before hosting Arsenal on Wednesday in an all-important Premier League fixture that could decide the fate of the title race. At the time of writing, Guardiola’s men are four points behind the league leaders in the table with a game in hand.

Should they beat Arsenal and then win their extra match then they will go two points clear in pole position. After a rocky start to their campaign City are now in full flow having won their last six Premier League games on the bounce.

Speaking about the belief inside the camp at the moment, Portuguese star Bernando Silva told BT Sport: “Very confident, very good moment. The best moment of the season for the team. We struggled until February because we couldn’t get in that usual run we had before of winning 10,15, 20 games in a row but now we are very consistent, they we are playing, we feel we have a chance in every competition, and we are going for them.

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“We are at that point of the season where if you drop your performance in one game you are out of competition. It is going to be tough, but we are going to work very hard to bring some titles home. The moment we are in at the moment is very special.

“Building win after win, that confidence, it is very important, and we need to keep it that way. Next game another final against Sheffield and then Arsenal, it’s going to be tough but it’s going to be fun. When you’re a little kid, you work to get to these moments and to enjoy it as a football player. We’re going to enjoy it very much.”

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