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Manchester City vs Newcastle United: Manager Pep Guardiola not thinking of repeating the treble

Pep Guardiola with the FA Cup
Pep Guardiola won two FA Cup titles as Manchester City manager
Place: Etihad Stadium, Manchester Date: Saturday March 16 To start up: 5:30 p.m. GMT
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is not considering winning another treble as his side prepare to face Newcastle United in the FA Cup quarter-final on Saturday.

Last season, City won the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League.

They could become the first English team to win successive trebles if they defend all three of their titles this campaign.

“The last two or three weeks of the season I will think about it,” Guardiola said.

As well as their FA Cup home tie with Newcastle, City are third in the Premier League – one point behind Arsenal and Liverpool – and will face Real Madrid in the Champions League last 16, fueling scoring hopes more history.

“I don’t think about it,” added Guardiola. “Now it’s tomorrow’s quarter-final.”

City will be without playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, who is suffering from a groin problem, and goalkeeper Ederson, who injured his leg while fouling Darwin Nunez to concede a penalty in last weekend's 1-1 draw at Liverpool.

Midfielder Jack Grealish has returned to training and could make an appearance on Saturday.

Anthony Gordon, who received his first senior England call-up this weekis expected to play for Newcastle despite suffering a knee injury in the 3-2 defeat at Chelsea on Monday.

Defender Dan Burn, who was also out against Chelsea with a minor problem, is also likely to return.

Newcastle last reached the FA Cup semi-finals in 2005 under Graeme Souness when they were beaten 4-1 by Manchester United.

“From the first minute of the FA Cup it was our goal (to get back to Wembley),” Newcastle boss Eddie Howe said.

“We did everything we could and went through some tough matches. We managed to make our way to the quarter-finals and we don't want to waste this opportunity.

“We will have the good start. We will attack it and we will try to move on to the next round.”

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