- By Shamoon Hafez
- BBC Sport at Etihad Stadium
Manchester City have Arsenal in their sights.
City now face three key matches that could make or break their season as they aim to complete the title treble.
They go to Bayern Munich with a 3-0 advantage after the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final, before taking on Championship’s Sheffield United in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola’s side will improve from both of those games, but their next game is the decisive one against Mikel Arteta’s men, at home on Wednesday, April 26 at the Stadium. Etihad Stadium.
“Like I said in the previous press conference, it’s win-win,” said Guardiola.
“Surname [Arsenal] They’ve had an incredible run so far this season, I don’t think they’re going to drop many points and we have to be there.
“It’s important for us to get to the game by winning today and [it is] a final against them in the next Premier League game.”
Arsenal can re-establish a six-point advantage against West Ham on Sunday and the gap could be nine when they face Man City when they play a minor league game against bottom-of-the-table Southampton on Wednesday. Next six.
“It’s a final to play more finals,” Guardiola said of the confrontation with Arsenal. “If we lose this game, it’s almost over.
“We have to get in this position when we have the chance to get close to Arsenal. We wanted this opportunity, knowing how difficult it would be, but before that we had a chance to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League and the FA Cup. “
Guardiola wants Haaland to break more records
Against Leicester, striker Erling Haaland continues to score amazingly this season with two goals bringing his tally to a record 47 in 40 games.
He scored a penalty and added a lavish finish after John Stones’ opener to top 32 goals in his first Premier League campaign.
He now looks like breaking the milestones set by former England strikers Alan Shearer and Andy Cole, who both scored 34 goals in a single season.
Guardiola said: “I want, I want him to break every record he can, which means he scores a lot of goals that help us. I think he wants the title and we’re still there but it’s true. impressive and still have 8 games to play to break them all.”
But he missed out on an incredible seventh hat-trick of the campaign when he was drawn as a precaution in the first half alongside the Stones defender.
“Excellent as always,” said Guardiola when asked about Haaland’s reaction to being withdrawn.
“John and Erling are back from injury, he played 90 minutes against Bayern after 15 days out and you have to take care of John. After 45 minutes, it’s good that they are rested.
“All the stats I don’t know but I’m impressed.”