A dream come true – Pep Guardiola elated at position of treble-chasing Manchester City


Man City are chasing the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup treble.

Pep Guardiola says a week in which Manchester City can reach the Champions League final and win the Premier League again is a “dream come true”.

Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat at home to Brighton after City’s victory by the same scoreline at Everton means Guardiola’s side can claim a fifth title in six seasons next weekend.

But before that, City will need to get past holders Real Madrid in the semi-final second leg at home to keep their bid for a first Champions League triumph alive with a 1-1 draw.

“It’s a dream come true to be here, honestly,” said Guardiola, whose side also face Manchester United in the FA Cup final next month.

“I know we might not win all the trophies at the end, people say we’re not a good team, a ‘failure’ team, but to be here is a dream come true.

“We are the only team in Europe that is fighting for all competitions: the FA Cup final with Manchester United and it’s still not over, the Premier League never ends, we know that from the past with Liverpool.

“We (have) a semi-final at home with our people, the second game we are trying to get to the final of the Champions League.

“Where we have come from previous seasons is an extraordinary season and hopefully we can finish well.

City, who are currently on an 11-match winning streak in the league as part of a 22-match unbeaten run in all competitions, can secure the Premier League title with a win at home to Chelsea next Sunday.

But they will be confirmed as champions even sooner if Arsenal beat relegated Nottingham Forest on Saturday night.

Guardiola is not taking anything for granted but knows that a win at Everton after a draw at the Bernabeu was key to keeping the Gunners out of reach.

Everton went into the game on the back of an impressive 5-1 win at Brighton, but a brace from Ilkay Gundogan either side of Erling Haaland’s 36th league goal of the season secured the points for City at Goodison Park.

“When I see Chelsea and Brighton (City’s next two games), we have a lot of work to do,” added Guardiola.

“But this one (Everton) away was tricky.

“I was really impressed with the way Everton handled the Brighton game, but we controlled the game from the first minute, apart from certain transitions.

“They’re the best in the Premier League from every free-kick and corner since Sean Dyche came in, it’s almost a goal every time. Arsenal lost a corner here so it happens.

“We had patience and momentum and the moves from Riyad (Mahrez) and Phil (Foden) at the back were really good. We scored goals at the right moment.

“It was so important and nice to celebrate with our fans outside because they are always with us.

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