Guardiola vows Manchester City still up for FA Cup

Guardiola: Quadruple-chasing City will only be judged on trophies

For Guardiola, left-back Benjamin Mendy and striker Gabriel Jesus remain sidelined through their long-term injury problems, but skipper Vincent Kompany is expected to be available.

The Cardiff City squad isn't even worth a quarter of that of Manchester City, but Morrison insists bravery will be the key.

Man City is through to a third League Cup final in the last five years, having also won's England's second-tier cup competition in 2014 and '16.

Warnock has never met Guardiola but he praised the Spaniard for turning up on a scouting mission to watch Cardiff's third-round replay victory at Mansfield.

"There'll be long balls, battles a plenty and a full Cardiff City Stadium".

Yes, Manchester City were due to travel to meet the winners in this weekend's fourth round, but Warnock wasn't expecting their manager to make the four-and-a-half-hour round trip and fearless the icy conditions to run the rule over the opposition in person. When you can buy the best players in the world, it doesn't necessarily mean you're going to be successful.

David Silva has missed a few matches recently and the Spanish star may be afforded game time here, making the price of 15/2 (8.50) to score first, while the same firm offer 2/1 (3.0) that the 32-year-old midfielder scores against Johnson's side.

"It's an experience to play against these lads".

"This is our cup final and we want to do well".

Guardiola said that he understood why Pellegrini made that decision - with City going on to reach the Champions League semi-finals - but feels City are better equipped to focus with the challenges they now face.

The Chilean picked a side made up largely of fringe players and academy graduates for a fifth-round tie at Chelsea, played three days before a Champions League away match against Dynamo Kiev, and ended up losing 5-1. It will be tough.

"Peter Reid (City manager) and Sam Ellis (his assistant) came down and wanted the game off, but we got into the referee by saying it's not unsafe". The pressure is not on us, we can give them a really good game, do what we did to Wolves and other teams in the Championship. Tall team, set pieces, aggressive one against one.

The Cardiff manager, 69, has seen many challenges during 50 years in the game as player and manager, but he admits that the one posed by Pep Guardiola's City, who love to dominate possession, is as hard as anything he has known.

The Bluebirds are a typical Neil Warnock side and they are not going to lie down.

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