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Guardiola questions validity of the Community Shield

Pep Guardiola has shot down talk of the quadruple once and for all - because he reckons Manchester City are actually chasing five trophie Credit: PA

Pep Guardiola has shot down talk of the quadruple once and for all - because he reckons Manchester City are actually chasing five trophies.

City, who already have the Carabao Cup in the bag, remain in the hunt for an unprecedented four-timer having reached the FA Cup final, sitting second in the Premier League and facing Tottenham in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Yet Guardiola, who has constantly played down talk of City achieving the quadruple, maintains his side have already won two trophies with three more still to play for.

"The Community Shield? Nobody counts it, that's the question, I would like an answer," he said.

"The Community Shield maybe counts for last season, but last season when we went on holiday it wasn't there.

"In Spain and Germany it's important. We have won two titles this season and have three to play but everyone says one. Why play if it doesn't count? We could have longer holidays."

Mendy promises to follow the rules at Man City

Guardiola has called for Mendy to be more professional if he wants to win his place back. Credit: PA

Benjamin Mendy insists he is no troublemaker and vowed to stick to the rulebook as the Manchester City left-back looks to make up for lost time.

The 24-year-old has endured a topsy-turvy time since arriving at the Etihad Stadium in 2017.

Mendy's first season with City was brought to an abrupt halt by a cruciate ligament injury and, having helped France win the World Cup, on Saturday he made his first start since undergoing meniscus surgery in November.

The full-back helped seal a hard-fought 1-0 FA Cup semi-final win against Brighton, but the questions after did not only revolve around fitness.

Disciplined last September for reporting late to have treatment on a foot injury after attending a boxing event, Mendy was this week subject of reports that he was in a nightclub in the early hours having not been included in the squad for Fulham later that same day.

"I feel so good, and I am very happy," the City defender said.

"The team-mates and the staff have been really good.

"I am not a doctor. I follow the rules. The excuse is not one.

"This injury (following an attempted comeback in January)... when I came back sometimes the swelling stayed.

"But now it's good, we can forget the past and think about the future.

"I feel really fit and I want to give everything I can to help my team."

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