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Pep Guardiola: Chasing silverware in his debut season at City

Manchester City's ambitions when Roberto Mancini took the helm in December 2009 were probably quite humble, ESPN observes: win something, anything at all, to start putting City back on the map. The Italian fulfilled his brief by winning the FA Cup within 14 months - the first time in 40 years the club had lifted the trophy. He also added the Premier League, their first league title in 44 years.

The ambition grew and his successor Manuel Pellegrini was told to win five trophies in five years. It started off tremendously with a Double, winning the Premier League and the League Cup in his first season. Pellegrini only managed to add a third to his collection, another League Cup, before he was replaced by Pep Guardiola in 2016.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss is fully aware of the pressure on him, admitting his first season as manager will be considered a failure if he does not win silverware.

He said: "If I have no silverware, I will not be here for a long time. No silverware - it will not be a good season. I knew that in August. Being a manager depends on results.

"I know what my standard was in the past and I know what is on my shoulders. I have to handle that.

"But I know we will be judged on the titles we have won. My period in Munich was judged like a disaster because we were not able to win the Champions League. I won three leagues in a row, we won two cups from three, we arrived every time in the semi-finals and finals but it was a disaster.

"I have to handle that but what I can say is try to play better, better, better than the previous month. That's what I want to see for the next year - be better."

The FA Cup remains the only trophy Guardiola can win in his debut season, with Manchester City playing Arsenal (also contesting for their only winnable trophy) in the semi-final at the weekend.

The 46-year-old claimed that finishing in the top four is as good as lifting silverware - although he stressed the FA Cup is more important at this point. He argued that finishing in the Champions League spot feels like winning a trophy due to the unique strength in depth of the Premier League. City are currently sat in fourth in the Premier League, four points ahead of rivals Manchester United.

Manchester City face Arsenal at Wembley on Sunday with the kick-off at 3pm.

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Why Coventry City are a bigger club than Manchester City

Manchester City are one of English football's elite clubs - having won the Premier League title twice in the last five years.

But despite their array of international superstars and substantial bank balance, according to rumours on social media, the Citizens are only taking 25,000 supporters to Wembley this weekend for their FA Cup semi final with Arsenal.

From an initial allocation of 33,015 tickets in the West end of the stadium, it has been reported on social media that 8,000 still remain on sale for Sunday's clash.

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