ManCity focused for tough Arsenal and Chelsea tests: Garcia

Manchester City's Aleix Garcia Serrano aplauds fans as he is substituted. Swansea City v Manchester City - EFL Cup Third Round - Liberty Stadium - 21/9/16. Reuters/Andrew Boyers

The international break has allowed Manchester City players to recuperate and refocus ahead of their Premier League trips to Arsenal and Chelsea, midfielder Aleix Garcia has said.

Garcia said City, who are third in the league, needed time to recover after a spell of four games in 11 days across tournaments before the two-week break from club football.

City’s last match was a 1-1 draw at home against fourth-placed Liverpool and the Spaniard said their next league fixtures will define their season.

“Some players can rest and others can just take their minds off to come back as strong as possible to keep fighting for our goals until the end of the season,” the 19-year-old, who made his City debut last September, told the club website.

“We face lots of games – lots of very important games in a few days that will define our season.

“I expect games like the one against Liverpool – tough games.”

With City knocked out of the Champions League earlier this month and trailing league leaders Chelsea by 12 points, Garcia believes the FA Cup has taken increased importance in manager Pep Guardiola’s first season at the club.

“Winning the Premier League is difficult and we are out of the Champions League, so the FA Cup is probably the best chance we have this season,” Garcia added.

“The team is ready to win it and this is what we want. We will fight to win it.”

Following Sunday’s trip to the Emirates, Man City visit Chelsea, who have lost just once at Stamford Bridge this season, three days later.

City will also face Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on April 23.


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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.


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