Pep Guardiola congratulated Chelsea after they knocked his Manchester City side out of the FA Cup before admitting that an injury to Kevin De Bruyne “doesn’t look good”.
City were hoping to reach the FA Cup final as they hunted down a quadruple of trophies. But Guardiola has always insisted that target is overambitious and they fell at this hurdle to rule at least one of those trophies out. Chelsea won 1-0 in their semi-final meeting.
It was City’s second defeat of their last three games. Although it would take something major to derail them in the Premier League title race, their hopes of FA Cup glory are now over.
The game was hardly a classic but Chelsea still did enough to overcome Guardiola’s side. Hence, the City boss praised his opponents for their victory in a tight game.
He told BBC Sport: “We played a good last 15 minutes. We had struggled to find our place in the pockets but congratulates Chelsea, tight game.
“We arrived sometimes in that position but after that we didn’t create.
“We conceded the goal but after we reacted well, especially after Phil Foden and Ilkay Gundogan came in. The team that defends with eight players in the final third it is not easy. This type of game the margin is so tight.
“In general we controlled well. We didn’t create many clear cut chances but we arrived more than them.”
One of the biggest concerns for Guardiola will be the fitness of De Bruyne. City’s main man limped off with what appeared to be an ankle injury early in the second half.
Guardiola admitted: “It doesn’t look good, he has pain.
“We will see. Tomorrow he will have a test.”
Guardiola shifts focus
City will get to return to Wembley next week for the EFL Cup final against Tottenham. Hence, they could still win plenty of silverware this season.
Therefore, Guardiola will be eager to move on from this disappointment as he battles for the other two domestic trophies on offer.
He concluded: “I know how we reacted in the second half and it was good. We have not had a midweek free for eight months.
“We have played a lot of games and it will continue. Now it is the Premier League, the Carabao Cup next week. It’s just one more game.”