‘I’m older and wiser’ – Pep jokes at Zinchencko’s ballsy trophy claim

Pep Guardiola, Oleksandr Zinchenko

Pep Guardiola has scoffed at Oleksandr Zinchenko’s claim that Manchester City can win the Quadruple this season.

The Blues are in incredible form having win 22 of their last 23 games in all competitions.

With City on course for another Premier League title – their third in four years – they are also already in the League Cup final.

Furthermore, they are also in the last eight of the FA Cup and can secure a place in the Champions League quarter-finals by finishing off Borussia Monchengladbach on Tuesday evening.

With a 2-0 advantage from the first leg, many expect City to secure their progress with ease.

And when asked if City could win all four competitions this season, the confident Ukrainian had no delay in chirping up.

Left-back Zinchenko said: “Of course – Bayern Munich showed it last year, I guess they won everything. Barcelona did it with Pep (Guardiola).

“Of course everything is possible. We have an unbelievable squad, the best players in the world. Definitely, why not?”

Guardiola though quickly knocked down Zinchenko’s suggestion that City can win the quadruple.

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He said: “I am older than Mr Zinchenko. I have more experience and I am not agreeing with him.

“Zinchenko only has to be worried about a good game tomorrow and going through. This is the only way. Four titles has never happened before and I think it is not going to happen.”

The full-back though was quick to point out the desire in the City camp and pointed to their hunger prior to Guardiola’s intervention.

“Inside the dressing room or inside the team I can see hungry eyes. Everyone is so hungry for the titles. That’s what we want.”

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Guardiola confirms Sterling availability

Guardiola confirmed Raheem Sterling will travel with the squad to Hungary for the match.

Sterling was left out for Saturday’s victory at Fulham as Guardiola rotated his players.

Guardiola said: “He travels with the team, of course. All the squad travel to Budapest.”

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Asked if Sterling had responded well to his omission, Guardiola said: “Always. Raheem and all the players make training and react really well.

“I don’t expect they are happy, that’s normal. It’s always happened since football was created.

“Raheem, in this case, has been so important for the team and all of us.”

It was suggested Sterling had fallen out with his manager over his omission at the weekend.

However, the pair were quick to deny the allegations.

“Some crazy rumours on socials today… That’s absolutely FALSE,” Sterling tweeted.

Guardiola said in response: “He doesn’t need to do it. Nothing happened. He was not selected, that’s all.”

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