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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola hails side’s fight after FA Cup win at Swansea

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said it is “incredible we are fighting for everything” after his side reached the FA Cup semi-finals in dramatic fashion to keep their quadruple hopes alive.

City were 12 minutes away from being knocked out of the FA Cup before fighting back to win 3-2 at Swansea.

They are top of the Premier League, in the Champions League quarter-finals and have already won the League Cup.

“Fighting for everything is the most important thing for the club,” he said.

No team has ever won the quadruple of Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup in a single season.

But Guardiola, 48, believes the Citizens’ success should be judged by how far they consistently go in competitions rather than just silverware.

“People say we are going to win three or four titles and the day we drop one competition they say it’s a big failure for Manchester City,” the former Spain international told BBC Sport.

“The most incredible thing after what we achieved last season is in this stage we are fighting for everything.

“So, most important for the club – more than winning one title – is having the mentality to be there until the end and fight for the titles in this stage of the season.

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“That’s important because for the future, for the new players and managers who are coming, they will learn from this group of players, and this group of people, that we never give up and fight for every single game and title until the end.

“That is the best lesson.”

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager arrived at City in 2016, tasked with moving the club – which had won two Premier League titles in the previous four seasons – to the “whole new level” demanded by its Abu Dhabi owners.