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Pep Guardiola's team has already won the Community Shield, the League Cup and has great chances of doing the same in the Champions League and other more
Only one team remains in Europe with chances to win all the tournaments or trophies: England's Manchester City. Out of five possible titles, this team has already won two and is still fighting for the remaining three: UEFA Champions League (quarterfinals), local League (Liverpool following with one match less) and the FA Cup, whose semifinals are next Saturday, April 6.
Leer en español: Manchester City persigue el pentacampeonato en la temporada 2018-19
In the Champions League
Let us split it into small parts. First, the most prestigious one is the Champions League. The City, like the previous season, will be measured in the quarterfinals to an English team, Tottenham, after being eliminated by Liverpool last year in that same instance, says the team's website. Guardiola's City left Germany's Schalke 04 in the ditch in the second round, with a 10-2 aggregate.
The first leg against the 'Spurs' will be played on Tuesday, April 9 in London and the return on Wednesday 17 in the Etihad, before facing each other again in the Premier League, so it will be three games in 10 days. The City is the favorite to settle in the semifinals, which would face the winner of the series between Juventus and Amsterdam Ajax.
The London team passed to the second round of the European competition in second place in Group B, behind Barcelona. Then it solved with surprising ease his knockout round against the always respectable Borussia Dortmund, with a 4-0 aggregate.
Second, in the Premier League, they follow each other, second against third, but the advantage of the 'Citizens' over the 'Reds' is in points, a total of 13 at the time of writing this article. So far this season, they have faced on a single occasion with victory for Guardiola's city with a 1-0 at Wembley League.
In the League
After 31 days, Liverpool is the leader of England with 76 points against 74 of the City, but taking into account that Manchester has one game less. It has been a constant struggle between both teams this season, exchanging the first place, but for many the greater talent in Guardiola's bench will end up decanting the balance in their favor. Between both there is a pending game that will be in the Etihad, which reinforces the advantage of the 'Citizens'.
In this regard, in an interview with TalkSport, reflected by La Pelotona, Wayne Rooney, nowadays in MLS and who played in both Liverpool (Everton) and Manchester (United), gave his opinion: "It's a great reason to be out of the country with them fighting for the title (laughs). But to be honest, we must give credit to Guardiola and Klopp because they have done a fantastic job. They have been the best teams in the league and the team that wins will deserve it, although I hope that the City passes lines before Liverpool."
The FA Cup
Antena 2 referred to a very important man in the achievements reached by Manchester City until now. This is the Argentine Sergio 'Kun' Agüero, who rose as the hero in the Swansea stadium and in the FA Cup quarterfinal match. The striker entered from the bench when his team was losing 0-2 to the Welsh and was crucial for the victory of 3-2.
The Argentine took advantage of a racket inside the area to assist Bernardo Silva, who laid the first stone for the comeback. Minutes later, Sterling was knocked down inside the area, Andre Marriner whistled the penalty and Agüero called the match. When the extra time was feared, 'El Kun' appeared again to finish a shipment from the left wing on the plate and place the final 3-2 . This is the only trophy of those disputed in England that Guardiola has not won.
Of the three titles still to be played, the FA Cup looks like the most feasible, not only because they are already in the semifinals, but because the remaining rivals, Brighton (semifinals this Saturday, April 6) and Wolverhampton or Watford in the final, are much more limited teams in their templates. Not winning this tournament would be totally unexpected. For now, the whole citizen will face in one of the semifinals of the tournament to Brighton, in a match on Saturday, April 6.
Those already won
The two titles won have been against Chelsea. The most recent, the Carabao Cup, cost a lot after a 0-0 in the 120 minutes, which led to penalties. In these, the City took the best part by 4-3 in the legendary Wembley Stadium and after the final goal from the 12 steps of Raheem Sterling, recalls Libero. That final was held on February 24.
Finally, Televisa describes what was the initial title of this campaign, that of the Community Shield, a match played in August by the champion of the last league against the most recent FA Cup's one. Manchester City won its first title of the season with a victory of 2-0, also in Wembley, and with a double of the Argentinean Sergio Agüero. Among them, his goal number 200 since he has played for the celestial club.
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