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City survive to spark talk of the quadruple

 

By Andy Hampson

Manchester City kept their hopes of a dream quadruple alive after a penalty shoot-out success over Leicester City in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals - but manager Pep Guardiola dismissed claims his classy side could win the lot.

City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said in May that the club's ambition is to win the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup and EFL Cup.

That goal is within sight but Guardiola is keen to play down the talk, saying: "Forget about it, that is not going to happen."

Claudio Bravo saved Riyad Mahrez's spot-kick to seal a 4-3 victory on penalties following a 1-1 draw after extra time.

Arsenal booked their place in the semi-finals as Danny Welbeck's winner floored West Ham.

At the King Power Stadium Jamie Vardy missed in the shoot-out after scoring an added-time penalty to take it beyond 90 minutes, after Bernardo Silva’s first-half goal looked to have given the visitors the win.

Silva said: “It was a difficult game for us. We were controlling the game until the late penalty.

“Leicester have a very good team. Fortunately Claudio Bravo in the end gave us the win again.

“It’s been a great start of the season.

“I hope we can keep winning games, because this team deserve to keep winning because of the way we play. We will try to celebrate something at the end of this season.”

City can still take a clean sweep of trophies this term with Guardiola’s side 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League but the manager preferred to focus on the courage of his young guns in this quarter-final.

“I’m so happy,” he said. “A lot of young players played. I’m so happy for all the players.

“The way we had to react was not easy, we were tired, we had a lot of young players, Danilo was playing at centre-back for the first time in his life. It’s not easy because Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez were there.

“What I liked the most is how we reacted and overcame that situation. It’s a good indication for the future.

“They showed me very good things. How you react is important and there were no complaints from the players in extra time about how it was unfair that they had scored a late goal.”

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