Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has hailed his side’s defensive efforts following their FA Cup victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

City booked their place in the next round of the competition thanks to Sergio Aguero’s goal after just 53 minutes.

The FA Cup holders were made to work for their victory, as the Championship side gave a great account of themselves.

Following the full-time whistle, the City boss revealed what pleased him the most as they secure their place in the quarter-finals.

“The important thing is that we are there in the next round,” Guardiola told BBC Sport after City had defeated Wednesday.

“We want to be in the draw and we are in the draw. 

“This was our fourth away game in a row and we have spent a lot of mental energy in the last few games. The players were absolutely ready. We didn’t concede one shot on target and that means a lot.

“We are still alive. We corrected a few things in the second half and we could have scored much, much more.”

City came into their clash with Wednesday off the back of a cup final victory, as Guardiola watched his men retain the Carabao Cup at Wembley on Sunday.

While the Premier League title is beyond the Manchester club, they still have an opportunity to end the current season with four trophies.

City have won the Community Shield and Carabao Cup already this campaign, with a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals secured.

In the Champions League, Guardiola’s men have a great advantage in their Round of 16 tie with Real Madrid having won the first leg 2-1.

If City can continue to produce defensive performances like their latest one, then there is a high possibility that they will retain their FA Cup crown.

The big one that Guardiola and his men want though is the Champions League, especially with the on-going appeal process regarding their two-year European ban.

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