Pep Guardiola dismisses quadruple talk

Pep Guardiola claims winning all four trophies this season is “an illusion”. The Manchester City manager believes it is far too early in the season to be talking about the quadruple. City are 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League, through to the last 16 of the Champions League and into the Carabao Cup semi-finals. They begin their FA Cup challenge with a home tie against Burnley on Saturday. Guardiola said: “Maybe that question can be asked in March or April if we are still in all four competitions. After that, we are going to talk.

“But tomorrow is the third round of the FA Cup . So thinking about four competitions, it’s an illusion, it’s not realistic, I would say. “We will need 32 players to play really well for four competitions and that is not going to happen in my squad, to have 34 players.”

Guardiola made headlines earlier in the week when he suggested the heaviness of the festive fixture schedule was “going to kill” players. Despite that, he says he has no intention of making wholesale changes for the third-round clash with the Clarets.

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