Guardiola wants Silva at Man City beyond 2020

Sherman Parsons
January 30, 2019

It's certainly a long shot but, on current form, it's hard to see how or when they'll next be beaten.

Guardiola's Man City side are still in all four competitions after beating Burnley 5-0 in the FA Cup on Saturday and afterwards Guardiola was asked why he has consistently ruled out the possibility of winning an unprecedented quadruple.

That appears to have been just a blip, however, with City subsequently winning their last eight matches in all competitions and scoring 33 goals in the process.

Frank Lampard's Derby County moved into the last 16 with a hard-fought 1-0 win at League One Accrington Stanley thanks to Martyn Waghorn's victor 12 minutes from time as both sides ended with 10 men. City's bench against Burnley, for example, contained Aguero, David Silva, Raheem Sterling, and Leroy Sane.

The Belgium global missed most of the first half of the season after a couple of knee injuries but has been slowly eased back to full-match sharpness to ensure he didn't suffer another setback.

"Everyone has been involved this month".

"Newcastle play quite similar to Burnley, the setup will be quite similar", he said.

"We can - not get close to them, because it's hard - but imitate them".

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'This is the only way if you have four competitions.

When it comes to Dyche's team selections, most eyes have been on the goalkeeping position in recent weeks, with Tom Heaton having displaced Joe Hart in the league side while Pope got the nod in the FA Cup third round win over Barnsley. Cup today, we win the game and get through.

"I'm really pleased, for the commitment and the professionalism", the Spanish coach said.

The Spaniard admitted there is still a lot to improve and insisted all at the club are eager to play in as many games as possible and rectify their shortcomings sooner rather than later.

City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne is returning from injury. "There's no doubt every manager wants the best squad they can have and there will be these tough decisions to make".

However, Guardiola told his players to embrace the chance to play plenty of games and compete for trophies. You will be retired and after that take one year for holidays, but in that moment, it's a privilege.

"We have to imagine what Newcastle will do and focus, that's the only way - to be consistent and try to win". He is clever, he saw passes, he is so aggressive in his game.

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