Pep Guardiola publicly DISAGREES with Oleks Zinchenko that Manchester City can win the Quadruple this season – as manager doubts lifting all four trophies during an English campaign is ‘going to happen’
- High-flying Manchester City remain on course to win the Quadruple this season
- City sit 14 points clear of second-placed Man United in the Premier League
- They have a Carabao Cup final against Tottenham to look forward to next month
- City lead Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0 in their Champions League last-16 tie
- On Saturday evening they travel to Everton in the FA Cup quarter-finals
Oleks Zinchenko broke ranks to talk up the prospect of Manchester City winning the Quadruple this season – before his manager then claimed it is an impossibility moments later.
Pep Guardiola’s squad fly to Budapest with a 2-0 first leg advantage over Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League last 16, with the Catalan laughing at suggestions they are favourites to win the competition.
City are 14 points clear at the top of the Premier League, in the Carabao Cup final and face Everton in an FA Cup quarter-final at the weekend.
Pep Guardiola (left) and Oleks Zinchenko have disagreed about Manchester City’s ambitions
Zinchenko said that City can win the Quadruple this term, something Guardiola doesn’t believe
Zinchenko was not shy in offering up that City have eyes on lifting all four major trophies over the next two months.
‘We have an unbelievable squad, the best players in the world and definitely, why not?’ Zinchenko said.
‘Bayern Munich showed last year… they won everything. Barcelona did it as well with Pep and I think everything is possible.
‘Inside the dressing room or inside the team I can see the hungry eyes, everyone is so hungry for the titles and that is what you want.
‘This period right now I would say is the most important two months in our careers.’
Guardiola then sat in front of the media and disagreed with Zinchenko, telling the 24-year-old to concentrate on progressing beyond Gladbach and reach the quarter-finals.
Guardiola told Zinchenko to focus on their upcoming Champions League tie vs Gladbach
‘I am older than Mr Zinchenko. I have more experience. I don’t agree with him,’ Guardiola said. ‘The only thing Zinchenko has to be worried about is to win tomorrow and go through.
‘Four trophies has never happened [in England] and the reality is I don’t think it’s going to happen. Do I agree with Zinchenko? I would say no. They have to handle the pressure.’
Zinchenko added that City owe it to Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho to lift the Champions League as both enter the final months of their contracts.
‘They have been here around 10 years each, they deserve,’ the Ukraine international said. ‘We are going to try [for them]. Sergio is a living legend.
‘We have got an unbelievable squad, everyone deserves to play and you are just waiting for your chance and to deserve to play another game. We are just pushing each other. It is like extra motivation. We just move each other forward.’
Zinchenko wants to win the Champions League for club legend and team-mate Sergio Aguero
Meanwhile, Guardiola confirmed that Raheem Sterling will be on the plane to Hungary for the second leg after his omission from Saturday’s victory at Fulham. Rumours swirled of a disagreement between the pair after Sterling was an unused substitute last week against Southampton.
‘Raheem travels with the team,’ he said. ‘I don’t expect the players to be happy when they don’t play. Raheem has been so important and is so important.
‘He was not selected for Fulham, that’s all. Nothing happened. In other games, others were not selected.’
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