Published: Tue, April 09, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Man City will struggle to reach quadruple target, says De Bruyne

Man City will struggle to reach quadruple target, says De Bruyne

City - who have already won the EFL Cup - reached the FA Cup final after edging Mat Ryan's Brighton and Hove Albion 1-0 at Wembley on Sunday (AEST) as their quest for four trophies this season stayed alive.

The 24-year-old defender has made just nine Premier League appearances while struggling with knee injuries this season but he completed 79 minutes at Wembley as Pep Guardiola's men kept their hopes of a historic quadruple alive.

Now two points behind leaders Liverpool with a game in hand in the Premier League, City go to Tottenham for the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday.

They have scored 20 goals during that run, conceding just 3, and while Premier League title rivals Liverpool have been pushed to the limit during the same period, needing a number of late goals to win games, City have serenely ploughed on, being neither spectacular nor below par.

Nevertheless, after bagging the League Cup, being locked in a titanic battle with Liverpool for the Premier League title and having advanced to the Champions League quarterfinals, Pep Guardiola's side remains on course for an unprecedented clean sweep.

The Spaniard said post-game: "It is nearly impossible to win the quadruple". We conceded too many but only one risky situation.

"For the first ten or 15 minutes of the second half, we were anxious".

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Up next in the competition will be a trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the first leg of the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

This will certainly be the toughest of the lot but if they pull this off, this City side will go down in history as one of the best English teams ever.

"It was a semi-final, Brighton are an incredible defensive team, we knew that set pieces were huge, massive".

Brighton were courageous and determined, but struggled to create chances against the a strong City defence.

It is indeed extremely hard to win a quadruple for any club, however, it is not impossible. My opinion is that nobody has done it so why can we do it?

"Even though we went on to win it again, and win the UEFA Cup, that would probably be my best memory", said Hughton, recalling Tottenham's 1981 success which included a memorable goal from Ricky Villa. Put it in the headline: nearly impossible.

He said: "He arrived at the by-line many times and it had been a long time since he played".

But remember, City do not have to win every single game in this competition. The following season, there is a tendency to be arrogant but we are still there. I wanted to play in it and win it because I'm a guy who always wants to win and improve. That is what we did today'. Sir Alex Ferguson won the treble with United and not every game was like that.

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