City has now misplaced simply as soon as in its earlier 32 video games in all competitions — the defeat coming by the hands of Manchester United — and remains in competition for all 4 competitions it entered at the beginning of the season.
In addition to the quarterfinals of the Champions League, City will compete with Tottenham within the League Cup closing in April, will face Everton within the final eight of the FA Cup, and is inside touching distance of wrapping up the Premier League title.
Guardiola was fast to mood expectations after the match on Tuesday, however insists profitable the Champions League, a trophy that has to this point alluded him throughout his glittering spell at Manchester City, remains a precedence.
“Since the first year I arrived they told me that you have to win the Champions League,” mentioned Guardiola, who has failed to steer his aspect previous the quarterfinal stage in all three of his seasons on the membership.
“It is always on our shoulders but I’m not concerned about that.
“If you deserve it in soccer, you undergo. I’m not enthusiastic about getting to the semifinals. I’m enthusiastic about taking part in a very good first leg [in the quarterfinals] after which a very good second leg.”
Stats don’t lie
If Guardiola is downplaying his side’s chances of clinching the quadruple this season, you feel it might be a different story within the dressing room.
Speaking ahead of the tie against Monchengladbach, young defender Oleksandr Zinchenko gave an interesting insight into the mindset of the players when he said he believed his side could win all the remaining competitions.
Typically, Guardiola was quick to pour cold water on Zinchenko’s claims, saying: “I’m older than Mr. Zinchenko, I’ve extra expertise and I don’t agree with him.”
But whether he admits it publicly or not, you get the sense that Guardiola must believe it’s possible. After all, he has form.
During his managerial career, the 50-year-old turned Barcelona into a world-beating side and transformed Bayern Munich into a domestic powerhouse. His time at Barca in particular will never be forgotten.
Guardiola created one of the best teams ever assembled with the likes of Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta changing the way football was played in Europe.
In his first year in charge during the 2008/2009 season, Barcelona won six trophies, including the Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey.
Despite not quite having the same caliber of players, his current Manchester City squad bears distinct similarities to those great sides and the statistics simply speak for themselves.
City has not conceded a goal in the Champions League since the opening group match — that’s more than 11 hours of football — and has won 24 of its last 25 matches.
It’s a team that smothers games, dominates possession and limits its opponents to only a handful of chances.
It’s not as though Guardiola needs to worry about keeping players fresh, either. City’s squad is packed full of world-class talent allowing the manager to chop and change his starting lineup with ease.
On many occasions this season, the majority of players on City’s substitutes bench could make the starting lineup of almost every top team in Europe.
City didn’t even miss star playmaker Kevin de Bruyne during the Belgian’s injury layoff earlier this year, with players such as Phil Foden and Ilkay Gundogan providing the team with goals and an abundance of chances.
But what’s different about this season is City’s defense. Guardiola has seemingly settled on a solid partnership of John Stones and Ruben Dias at the back and the team has reaped the rewards.
“You cannot deny that Ruben and John made an unimaginable step ahead for the workforce this season,” Guardiola said.
“We defend with the ball. That is crucial factor — that when the opponent arrives we’re strong sufficient.”
Winning the Premier League early will only help City’s bid for a quadruple, allowing the manager to rotate his squad more freely.
City is currently 14 points clear of second-placed Manchester United and can wrap up the title as early as May 8 if it doesn’t drop any points.
“We are shut however nonetheless now we have video games to play. Sometimes whenever you win earlier it is not good for different competitions,” said Guardiola, per BBC Sport.
“When you’ve to combat to win one title, you’ve to combat to win the opposite ones. It’s essential not to assume too far and simply focus on the following one.”
As a lot as Guardiola is eager to play down the chance of such a exceptional achievement, you would be a courageous individual to wager in opposition to them on present kind.
Next up for City is a doubtlessly difficult tie in opposition to Everton within the FA Cup on Saturday. Win that and it will likely be yet one more step nearer to the quadruple.