With Man City set to face Burnley in the FA Cup tomorrow there has been talk of a quadruple trophy bid. The Citizens are leading the Premier League and still in the League Cup and Champions League. However, Pep Guardiola moved to quell any quadruple talk, insisting it is far too soon to even think about it.
Guardiola probably has a point, as a lot can happen between now and May. If any team is equipped to pull off the unlikely feat it is City, but Guardiola isn’t getting caught up in the hype.
Guardiola: Quadruple Unrealistic
Guardiola spoke to the media in the build up to City’s match with Burnley. When asked about a possible quadruple bid he replied:
“Maybe that question can be asked in March or April if we are still in all four competitions. After that, we are going to talk. But tomorrow is the third round of the FA Cup.”
“So thinking about four competitions, it’s an illusion, it’s not realistic, I would say. We will need 32 players to play really well for four competitions and that is not going to happen in my squad, to have 34 players.”
No Rest For City Stars
Pep was then quizzed on his intentions for Burnley, and whether he would play the kids. He was unequivocal in his reply. He said:
“No way. We are going to try to play the best team that’s possible, because we play against Burnley. Against Huddersfield (last season), we needed a replay.”
“All the doctors, the physios, all around the world, say that in 48 hours, the body does not recover to play again, in such a demanding competition like now. That’s why my comment.
“But we have to adapt. It’s what it is. If the schedule next season says you have to play every two days, then every two days we are going to play.”