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New duel Liverpool-Manchester City

Liverpool, who continue to aspire to all the titles at stake this year, and Manchester City, líder of the Premier League, they will meet again this Saturday, a week after their league duel (2-2), but this time looking for a place in the FA Cup final.

Jürgen Klopp's side are aiming to become the first English team to win all four major titles in the same season.

The 'Reds' already won the League Cup in February (beating Chelsea on penalties) and on Wednesday they qualified for the Champions League semi-finals after eliminating Benfica.

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Before facing the Spanish Villarreal for a place in the final of the highest European club competition, Manchester City is the first major obstacle to overcome to continue aspiring to full titles.

Both teams met last weekend in the Premier League in an exciting game that ended 2-2, a tie that leaves the title in suspense with seven games to go, with City leading the 'Reds' by one point .

Pep Guardiola's team is also alive in the Champions League after eliminating Atlético in the quarterfinals and having to face the other team from the Spanish capital, Real Madrid, in the semifinals.

City is also one step away from making history, since winning the three titles would become the second English team to achieve the coveted 'clover' (Champions, Premier League and FA Cup), equaling the feat achieved by Manchester United in the 1998-1990 season.

The two to make history

These historical milestones give even more interest to the duel between the two best English teams of the moment, this time with Wembley Stadium as the stage, from which the winner of the duel will come out still aspiring to everything and the loser will have to reorient his goals for the end of season.

After erasing a 14-point deficit that the 'Reds' had in January with respect to City, Liverpool continues to fulfill Klopp's wish to "bother as much as possible" the current English champion.

The two league duels between the two teams this season ended 2-2, so if the tie is repeated this Saturday, they should break the tie in extra time or even on penalties.

'Lots of tough games'

As Klopp admitted, Liverpool were lucky to get out of the Etihad Stadium alive last Sunday, but they could have a significant lead going into next Saturday.

Thanks to his victory in Lisbon in the first leg (3-1), Klopp was able to give rest in the second leg against Benfica (3-3) to key men such as Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk, who will arrive rested for the duel.

Despite qualifying, Guardiola acknowledged that his team has "problems" as Kevin De Bruyne and Kyle Walker had to be replaced due to physical discomfort.

And the Spanish midfielder Rodri also admitted that the tight schedule was taking its toll: “It's crazy. We have had these two games against Atlético, the other day against Liverpool. These are games that demand 100% and now we have Liverpool too many difficult games at the same time, but this is how it is », he explained.

AFP

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