FILE – Manchester City's Spanish coach Pep Guardiola shows during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 match between Real Madrid CF and Manchester City on 26 February 2020 at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO / AFP)
Pep Guardiola believes it will be easier for Manchester City to focus on the trophy for the rest of the season, as defending champions reached the FA Cup semi-final with a 2-0 win in Newcastle on Sunday.
City will face Arsenal in an empty Wembley stadium in the past four months after the Gunners won 2-1 over added time against Sheffield United.
Chelsea were 1-0 winners in Leicester thanks to Ross Barkley's winner, who triggered a semi-final against Manchester United.
Kevin De Bruyne's penalty and a breathtaking goal from Raheem Sterling brought City back to Tyneside for the first time in 30 years after a 1-2 defeat at Chelsea midweek.
"We have trouble concentrating in the Premier League," Guardiola admitted. "Now the Cup and the Champions League are a little different."
The city was extremely dominant in the first half, but had to wait until Gabriel Jesus was pushed into the box by Javier Manquillo eight minutes before the break so that De Bruyne could break the deadlock.
"We should score more goals, but we played really well and created enough chances to score many goals," said De Bruyne.
"We know it's really weird (playing behind closed doors), it's not fun, but we're professionals and we have to keep going. We wanted to react well. We are happy that we are now in the semi-finals. "
Newcastle had a great opportunity to equalize when Dwight Gayle somehow shot across Allan Saint-Maximin's cross.
However, City has a lot of firepower at the other end and moments later Sterling cut in to curl out of the box into the lower corner and kill the tie as a competition.
– Awaken Changes Chelsea –
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard made six changes to the team that defeated City and almost had to pay due to a very slow start on his part at King Power.
Harvey Barnes, Wilfred Ndidi and Jonny Evans wasted opportunities for Leicester when Lampard was heard roaring on his sloppy stars.
The former English midfielder expressed his dissatisfaction when he sent Barkley, Mateo Kovacic and Cesar Azpilicueta at half-time.
Chelsea immediately looked livelier after the changes and took the lead in the 63rd minute.
Willian swung a teasing flank from the right and Barkley stood in front of Evans to lead a clinical target past Kasper Schmeichel.
“It is a learning experience. I could have taken off more. I'm not pulling them out on my own, ”said Lampard after pulling the teenagers Mason Mount, Reece James and Billy Gilmour.
“You will be a top player for this club and you will have top careers. But if I have to do something in games, I will do it. You will wear it on your chin. "
– Later Ceballos winner –
On Bramall Lane, Dani Ceballos' arsenal fired into the semi-finals when the blades smelled of blood in Sheffield.
Nicolas Pepe took the lead from Mikel Arteta with a penalty in the first half after Chris Basham fouled Alexandre Lacazette.
United ruled out two goals for VAR offside on either side of Pepe's penalty and Basham also had a great chance.
The hosts finally received their reward when David McGoldrick equalized three minutes before the end, before Emiliano Martinez scored a nice parade to refuse Billy Sharp a winner.
But in the first minute of stoppage time, Arsenal broke, lending Real Madrid midfielder Ceballos past Dean Henderson from a tight angle.
The city's former deputy manager, Arteta, will now compete against his old chief Guardiola on the weekend of July 18-19.
“This is a difficult place to win. We are back in Wembley. I'm very happy with the attitude and performance of the players, ”said Arteta.
"It's a great opportunity to win a title and play in Europe."
Manchester United booked their place in the semi-finals on Saturday, but needed additional time to defeat the 10-man team Norwich 2-1.
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