Manchester City fans at the bar may be a little disappointed to hear that manager Manuel Pellegrini has downplayed the Blues’ chances of winning the desirable ‘quadruple’, according to the Daily Star.
Pellegrini’s men are the only team remaining in all four major competitions, something which gives them the opportunity of becoming the first team to land all four trophies in the same season. However, the Chilean says that the achievement is impossible because of the sheer amount of games involved with such a feat. He said:
“It is impossible because you have one game postponed, game number 36, and there is no midweek to play it before you finish the Premier League. It’s a lot of games.”
The 62-year old was keen to highlight the fact that he wants his side to be competing on all fronts, but admitted that it can be difficult.
“If you ask me I always prefer to play in all the competitions. I am not sure if you can continue in all the competitions. But I am worried about the FA Cup, after the first rounds you start having to postpone your Premier League games to continue in the FA Cup.”
“I think if you play the semi-final of the FA Cup and you are in semi-final of the Champions League, then you don’t have time to play one of the games.”
However, Pellegrini is still determined not to lose against Everton, who is team face three times in their next six games, admitting that he wants his players to approach the game as if it were a Champions League away tie, not a more minor domestic cup fixture.
“The mentality of the players is the same. Of course they want to do kill teams off from the first minute, but sometimes the game doesn’t allow you to do it. It’s strange to play against the same team in three Wednesdays in January in different competitions.”
“It’s a test like a Champions League game. Maybe it’s different because in the Champions League it is more important to score away. Here it is slightly different because there is extra time. But it’s a similar test to the Champions League.”
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