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Guardiola Wary Of Wigan Surprise In FA Cup Clash

Guardiola Wary Of Wigan Surprise In FA Cup Clash

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has stated that his side will not be taking Wigan Athletic lightly in the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Guardiola’s side will be guests to League One club Wigan on Monday at the DW Stadium.

City will go into the encounter with the hope of avenging their surprise 1-0 defeat to Wigan in the 2013 FA Cup final courtesy of a late Ben Watson goal.

And ahead of the Cup tie against Wigan, Guardiola said his players must not be distracted by the Carabao Cup final against Arsenal but rather focus on Monday’s crucial game.

“Of course, I am concerned because I saw Wigan’s game against Bournemouth,” Guardiola said in Friday’s press conference.

“I think every season in the FA Cup there are a lot of surprises but the players need to not think about next Sunday’s final and need to prepare for Monday as well as possible.”

Guardiola said he has not decided on his line-up against Wigan.

“We are going to have three training sessions before we play Wigan but we will decide on the team on the day.”

He then gave an update on Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus who has been out injured.

He said: “Gabriel Jesus will be in training today, I don’t know when he’ll be ready to play but today will be his first training for the team.”

The former Barcelona gaffer went on to express his delight on the performance of English clubs in round 16 of the UEFA Champions League.

City and Liverpool won their round of 16 fixtures away to Basel and FC Porto, while Tottenham drew 2-2 with Juventus in Turin.

“Being here, I feel English, I feel even more part of this league. It’s great news for this country that the Premier League teams are doing so well in Europe,” the Spaniard said.

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