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Man City news and transfers LIVE preparations begin for Schalke trip

Manchester City turn their attention to the Champions League this week ahead of their last-16 first-leg game against Schalke.

City beat Newport 4-1 on Sunday to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and maintain their competitiveness in all four competitions this season.

Pep Guardiola's side sit top of the Premier League and their game against Schalke, who are 14th in the Bundesliga, precedes the Carabao Cup Final against Chelsea on Sunday.

Phil Foden scored twice in the victory against League Two side Newport, and the 18-year-old said City can challenge for all four trophies between now and the season's end.

"Everything is going well at the moment and we can definitely win every competition but it is going to be difficult," Foden, an England under-21 international, said. "I'm trying to take my opportunities as they come."

We'll bring you all the latest City news and views throughout the day.

Arjen Robben reveals how Pep Guardiola improves older players

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben says Pep Guardiola is the best manager he has played under, and credits the Manchester City boss with improving his game even as a senior professional.

City have gone to the next level since Guardiola’s arrival, winning the Carabao Cup and Premier League last season in record-breaking fashion. Key to those successes were the performances of senior players like David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho.

Already world-class players, Guardiola has managed to improve them and make them even more formidable - something Robben recognises from his own experiences.

Robben, 35, played under Guardiola between 2013 and 2016, and says he played the best football of his career during that time.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, he explained: “If you look back and ask, ‘Was it your best period?’ I think, maybe, yeah. It’s always difficult as well because normally it always goes with titles. If you win a title, win the Champions League, reach the World Cup final, everybody notices it even more.

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MUNICH, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 24: Arjen Robben of Bayern Muenchen talks to Josep Guardiola the head coach of Bayern Muenchen as he leaves the field during the UEFA Champions League group F match between FC Bayern Munchen and Olympiacos FC at the Allianz Arena on November 24, 2015 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

What Pep Guardiola told Padraig Amond after Man City FA Cup win vs Newport

Pep Guardiola sought Padraig Amond out to congratulate him for continuing his fine goal-scoring run in the FA Cup.

Newport County striker Amond found the net in rounds one, two, three and four going into Saturday’s game against City at Rodney Parade and extended his scoring run in the competition with a late strike against Guardiola’s side.

Luckily for City, Amond’s goal proved to be largely academical as the Blues ran our 4-1 winners in south Wales.

After the full-time whistle Guardiola provided a moment of class as he approached Amond at full-time to congratulate him.

“I’m disappointed that we’ve lost the game and we’re out of the cup, but in years to come that’s going to be something I’m very proud of,” Amond said.

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Newport County's Irish striker Padraig Amond celebrates after scoring their goal during the English FA Cup fifth round football match between Newport County and Manchester City at Rodney Parade in Newport, south Wales on February 16, 2019. - Manchester City won the game 4-1. (Photo by GEOFF CADDICK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read GEOFF CADDICK/AFP/Getty Images)

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Let’s kick things off with a look at what Phil Foden had to say after his two-goal performance against Newport on Saturday.

NEWPORT, WALES - FEBRUARY 16: Phil Foden of Manchester City shoots during the warm up prior to the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Newport County AFC and Manchester City at Rodney Parade on February 16, 2019 in Newport, United Kingdom. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)
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