Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola writes ahead of their Emirates FA Cup semi-final

Manchester City arrive at Wembley for Saturday's Emirates FA Cup semi-final with Brighton & Hove Albion knowing that they can still end this season with four trophies. Writing ahead of the game, City boss Pep Guardiola praises his 'amazing' squad as they eye up a place in the Final

Friday 05 Apr 2019
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola brings his team back to Wembley on Saturday

This, I’m sure, will be a fantastic occasion. Brighton are a side committed to playing attractive football and I’m really looking forward to facing them at this beautiful stadium.

Of course, it’s our third visit to Wembley this season. We’ve won our first two – The FA Community Shield and the EFL Cup final – so let’s hope we can make it three today.

The FA Cup is a trophy we want to win. It’s the most prestigious domestic knockout competition in world football and every manager and player wants to win it.

You have to go back to 2011 for our last victory in the competition, so there’s a real desire among the squad and staff to win this one.

I’ve seen a focus in my players’ eyes all week. They are hungry for more success, which is great to see, and I have no doubt they will give everything to make sure we return to Wembley in May for the Final.

Guardiola with Sergio Aguero after their dramatic comeback against Swansea City

It’s been a great journey already. From our opening game against Rotherham through to the dramatic quarter final win at Swansea, it’s been amazing to be a part of.

We’ve scored 19 goals in four games, which is very good, and played open, attacking football throughout. Whatever happens, we should be proud of our FA Cup campaign.

To be in April and still have a chance at winning every competition we entered is amazing and I cannot thank them enough.

No team has ever won all four trophies before, but we want to try. I cannot guarantee more trophies before the end of the season, but what I can promise is these players will give their all.

Read Guardiola's full set of programme notes in the official match programme for Saturday's semi-final, available at Wembley or you can order online.

By Pep Guardiola Manchester City manager