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22 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Man City now eye League Cup final

AFP

AFP, LONDON: Manchester City's quest for a historic quadruple is over after a shock FA Cup defeat to Wigan but there is little time to lick their wounds with the League Cup final against Arsenal looming.

Pep Guardiola's City face Arsene Wenger's Gunners in Sunday's Wembley showpiece, trying to win the first trophy of the Guardiola era, with Premier League glory looking certain barring a unforeseen disaster.

Guardiola's team are also on course for the Champions League quarter-finals after thrashing Basel 4-0 away in the first leg of their last-16 tie last week.

But, even with the league title apparently in the bag, back-to-back cup defeats would put a dampener on what has been an impressive season of dazzling football.

Ten-man City went down 1-0 to League One Wigan in an ill-tempered FA Cup fifth round tie on Monday, courtesy of a late Will Grigg goal -- a repeat of the scoreline in the 2013 FA Cup final.

To make matters worse, Sergio Aguero became embroiled in an ugly post-match altercation with fans while visiting supporters were seen tearing up advertising hoardings and throwing them on to the pitch.

"We've got to look at those (other three competitions) and look forward, but we're disappointed," said City defender John Stones.

"We wanted to be in all four competitions right until the end. That's been cut short now. We'll take time to reflect on tonight and look forward to the final on the weekend."

Guardiola left Ederson, Kyle Walker, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling out of his starting line-up but otherwise named a strong side containing Aguero, David Silva and centre-backs Stones and Aymeric Laporte.

Following a series of complaints over dangerous challenges on his players not being punished harshly enough, Guardiola saw his own player, Fabian Delph, shown a straight red card just before half-time.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss then exchanged heated words with Wigan manager Paul Cook as they went down the tunnel at half-time.

But the Catalan admitted Delph and City only had themselves to blame for the defeat.

"Is a red card, yeah," said Guardiola.

"For me it's an unnecessary action and the referee decides what he decides, so I'm not here to judge, so can be a red card. We have to learn about that.

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