Guardiola's Manchester City charge towards the quadruple

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Pep Guardiola can't explain why Manchester City struggle to sell tickets for big games. I don't like that, to be fair - we are Chelsea, and it is a big derby against them - but we have to accept it. "We have a challenge to get another one". "I don't know, because only one team can win it but you have a chance to do well in the next ten years".

They have won every single match, with a huge cumulative goal difference which makes a mockery of the idea the fixtures are unpredictable.

"I still think United will sneak in with Spurs and Arsenal and Chelsea will miss out". "They have done what we haven't".

With the League Cup already in the bag, City are a point clear of Liverpool at the top of the league, and have reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League and semi-finals of the FA Cup.

In spite of a lack of games due to the global break, the Spaniard notched up two assists in the three games Man city played, helping the team to nine points from three games in the Premier League.

"It doesn't look good for the next days", said Guardiola. "Sergio Aguero is nearly fit". "The doctors are going to tell me tomorrow if he's a risk of being injured and after that whether it could be three or four weeks out". He's happy here, doing really well and he plays a lot of minutes for his age. "We're going to go there and be ready to win the game".

A 2-0 defeat against champions Manchester City means the Bluebirds are still in the relegation zone, five points adrift of Burnley.

"Now it is a joy, an incredible moment".

Jesus had another chance to get his name on the scoresheet on the half-hour mark as de Bruyne dazzling weaved in and out of the Cardiff defence before playing the ball into the feet of the Brazilian, who was unable to react in time to divert the ball goalwards.

De Bruyne has suffered two significant knee injuries this season and was sidelined just before the worldwide break with a hamstring problem.

"I'm probably not [going to be at my best], not compared with previous year", he told reporters. "I don't know why". While neighbours United dominated under Sir Alex Ferguson, City became an irrelevance, dropping into the third tier of English football and dreaming of the day they would end a trophy drought stretching back to 1976. It's been that kind of season. It may ultimately be a case of having to rely on the genius of Messi or Ronaldo to deny City a piece of history and sporting immortality, but as each game goes by, Guardiola and his players are getting to closer to it.

As you can see, Newcastle United have spent a massive £8,868,027 in these past 12 months on agents fees.

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