Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola hopes that winning FA Cup will set the right platform for the club to compete for the Champions League due to resume in August.

City progressed to the FA Cup semi-finals with a 2-0 win over Newcastle United on Sunday and will take on Arsenal on July 18 at Wembley Stadium.

Guardiola’s charges are still in the hunt for the Champions League title and hold a 2-1 lead over Real Madrid from the away leg of their last 16 clash in February before the competition was suspended due to COVID-19.

“We have two competitions we can win,” Guardiola told reporters on Sunday.

“It will be good to arrive against Real Madrid in the best condition. To win this title would be the best way to prepare for Madrid.”

Champions League will resume in August with an eight-team mini-tournament held in Lisbon. The FA Cup semis will be held on July 18-19 and the final is scheduled for August 1.

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