The proximity of Tuesday's Uefa Champions League clash with Tottenham Hotspur and a fixture list that pits City with Spurs three times in April, even before a Manchester derby and then May's potential Champions League semi-final, means rotation will be required. "We're not relaxed, but if we don't enjoy these moments.we're trying to get to an FA Cup final and then keep running".
"We get to look forward to what will be probably one of the biggest occasions that I've been involved in".
"Sergio is going to play when he's really, really fit", Guardiola added.
"We are not shying away from the fact we are facing a tough task".
"I think you can look at any position, all across their team and subs - and probably the players who don't even make the 18 - majority could walk into a lot of clubs across European football", he said. I don't know what my level is going to be but to be fair I don't really care.
"It depends on how much money is available to fund a recruitment drive, but there's no point having a attractive stadium if you haven't got good enough players to play in it". Now I try to do everything in my power to help the team win games.More news: Beats launches its new wireless Powerbeats Pro headphones
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A 17:30pm local-time start, limited late public transport provision back to Manchester, three London matches in the space of eight days and the overall expense of City's fourth trip to Wembley this season have all been cited as factors in the relatively limited uptake.
Asked if he could return to his best before the end of the campaign, De Bruyne added: "No, probably not - not compared with previous year". You see the amount of changes we made [against Cardiff on Wednesday]. But, in the end, you know at Chelsea we have won a lot of trophies, and they have not.
The reigning domestic league champions previously used Wembley Stadium for the games and, more recently, London Stadium to stage this match, which has traditionally taken place during the March worldwide football break.
"I've never played a final as coach" commented Watford boss Javi Gracias, who added it would be the "the best achievement in this competition for sure".
While four of the top six have won the Premier League trophy during the last 15 years, Spurs have not won the English title since 1961 or any competition since the 2008 League Cup.