Guardiola relying on FA Cup to salvage first season at City

Bellerin prepared to defy wishes of Arsenal boss Wenger

Bellerin prepared to defy wishes of Arsenal boss Wenger

Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus will travel to Wembley with the squad and could feature against Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday, manager Pep Guardiola has said.

Brazil worldwide Jesus, who made an instant impact after joining City in January with three goals in four league games, returned to training earlier this month after suffering a foot injury against Bournemouth in February. He's is coming back with his happiness, and we are so happy.

"We would have been stronger this season if he had remained fit, as well as Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan".

"Winning or not winning isn't going to change too many things about the perspective of our future, what we are going to do", he said.

Pep Guardiola says it would be understandable if Manchester City's owners were not happy with the club's performances in various competitions this season.

Minutes later, he changed tack, saying that lifting a trophy would "put in the hearts and heads of my players how good they are".

With an 11-point deficit on Chelsea in the Premier League, the FA Cup represents City's last realistic chance of a trophy in their manager's first season.

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Another player having an opportunity to flourish is Vladimir Sobotka , who is one of the Blues' current default faceoff guys. Louis Blues know two things after the first two games of their first-round playoff series against the Minnesota Wild .

"A team like Manchester City, of course, you expect them to fight for the Champions League, you expect them to be close for the title race", the French defender said, as reported by the Daily Mirror.

"Titles help to win confidence, that the club is good enough to do great things". "I'm happy here. I was so happy all the season, with its up and downs".

"Winning helps you win more because you live that experience, you win a title or a final, it's a lot of stress, a lot of pressure and if you handle that and you are able to win, the next time is a little easier".

"Of course, in terms of that, to achieve a final, it doesn't matter which one".

The Brazil global made a stunning start to life at City, scoring three goals in his first two league games before getting injured on February 13 against Bournemouth. It's so important. All clubs in the world want to win titles.

The rearranged derby against United could be important in the battle for Champions League qualification.

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