Pep Guardiola on Manchester City 4-title sweep: Quadruple isn't real

Updated: 21 December, 2017 10:34 IST | PA Sport | Leicester

Guardiola dismisses suggestion of making a clean sweep of titles after Man City makes it to League Cup semi-final with thrilling shoot-out victory at Leicester

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola denied they can win the quadruple despite reaching the Carabao Cup semi-finals with a shoot-out victory at Leicester. Claudio Bravo saved Riyad Mahrez's effort in the shoot-out after Jamie Vardy also missed to hand City a 4-3 win following a 1-1 draw after extra-time. Vardy had taken the tie to an extra 30 minutes after he scored a stoppage-time spot-kick to cancel out Bernardo Silva's first-half opener. City are 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League but, after being run close by the Foxes, Guardiola dismissed any suggestions they will complete a clean sweep in the league, Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup.

Man City's manager Pep Guardiola (right) celebrates with goalkeeper Claudio Bravo after winning the shoot-out v Leicester in the League Cup. Pic/AFP
Man City's manager Pep Guardiola (right) celebrates with goalkeeper Claudio Bravo after winning the shoot-out v Leicester in the League Cup. Pic/AFP

"That is not going to happen. Of course not," he said. "Come on, that isn't real. What we're living isn't real. "That is not going to happen. The situation of winning 16 or 17 games in a row in the league and qualifying for the Champions League before we finished the group stage and now we're here playing with a lot of young players. "That is not normal. In football you drop points and you lose competitions. I am not thinking about how many titles, I am thinking about the next game." City relied on penalties to beat Wolves in the last round and were under pressure for long spells of the second half and extra-time after the introduction of Mahrez, Vardy and Demarai Gray.

The trio started on the bench and watched on as the visitors dominated the first half, with only Silva's 26th-minute goal to show for it. But Leicester levelled in the seventh of eight minutes of time added on at the end when Kyle Walker tangled with Gray and Vardy scored the spot-kick. "What is important is how we react, so what if it is a penalty or not a penalty," Guardiola added.

"It was the last minute so it was tough, especially with a lot of young players. At big teams you have to handle the bad moments and have to find situations. "I said in the locker room to celebrate again. You have to wait to win the title and even in the position we are in you don't know if we are able to win the Premier League. "But in the process in the moment you have to celebrate always. We will enjoy it."

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First Published: 21 December, 2017 10:10 IST

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