Guardiola opens up about reaching FA Cup final and ‘incredible’ Sterling gesture

Pep Guardiola says winning the FA Cup with Manchester City would be a ‘nice challenge’, as he prepares his side to face Brighton in the semi-finals this weekend.

Guardiola’s side face Brighton at Wembley on Saturday, looking to reach their first FA Cup final since 2013.

City can still end the season with an unprecedented ‘quadruple’ of major trophies this season, and admits he is excited by the prospect of leading City out in May’s final should his team beat Chris Houghton’s side.

“When I was young in Catalonia it was quite usual to see FA Cup and Premier League games. That tradition at Wembley with managers leading their teams out – I’ve never been (to a final) and I can’t deny how nice it would be.

“The club has won the competition five times and it’s a nice challenge to get another.

Guardiola was also full of praise for forward Raheem Sterling, with the 24-year-old having bought 550 tickets for Saturday’s semi-final which will be given to pupils from his old school in London.

“It was an incredible gesture from Raheem. This kind of thing makes a better society for everyone. Footballers are human beings and we all live together. I like it.”