Published: Sat, April 22, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Guardiola relying on FA Cup to salvage first season at City

Guardiola relying on FA Cup to salvage first season at City

Pep Guardiola won his only previous game in charge of a team at Wembley Stadium, beating Manchester United 3-1 with Barcelona in the 2011 Champions League final.

"Pep Guardiola is a master tactician whose teams have switched formations and personnel regularly this season", Keown said.

Guardiola is happy with the progress City is making, whether or not the team wins the FA Cup.

"We had to show again that we can fight together".

"The FA Cup is a very important game for me because it's the next game and because it's an opportunity to win a trophy this season".

Arsenal had an "easy" road to the semi-finals, having played non-league sides Sutton and Lincoln in the last two rounds, while City have faced Premier League sides in all but one of their five games to reach the semis.

"And we could have done better in terms of the results and even in the way we played because we wanted to be in the race for the title and in the Champions League until the end".

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"But they have to decide".

While Guardiola has done a decent job since arriving at City over the summer, it is clear to see that the Spaniard will need to improve on many aspects to turn the Citizens into a footballing superpower in the coming years. They are my bosses. "You want them to be pleased when they go home".

Arsenal started the season strongly with a six-game winning streak that lifted them to second position in the league but have since faded and are seven points behind fourth-placed City with just two wins in their last six league games. But you are here asking every few days asking my opinion and I am honest. "I'm happy here. I was so happy all the season, with its up and downs".

Wenger changed to a three-man defence for Monday's 2-1 win at Middlesbrough and admits he could stick with the new system against City with the likes of Theo Walcott and Hector Bellerin hoping for recalls.

Tottenham and Chelsea have already enjoyed great success with a back three this season but Keown, who played the 13 minutes against Derby that was Arsenal's previous game in the formation, doubts it would be the right approach for his former side at Wembley. Even if people will say it's normal you win at Middlesbrough, when you go through a bad period it's hard in your head to win everywhere. You win a title or a final, it's a lot of stress, a lot of pressure.

This thrilling crunch-match comes at a pivotal time for both managers, with Arsene Wenger firmly in the spotlight regarding his future at the club.

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