Guardiola faces selection headache
Pep Guardiola faces a selection headache in Saturday's FA Cup quarterfinal at Middlesbrough as the Manchester City manager juggles the demands of competing for silverware on two fronts.
Guardiola must decide how many of City's best players to risk for at the Riverside Stadium as they have a crucial Champions League last 16 second leg clash with Monaco four days later.
The FA Cup offers the more realistic prospect of Guardiola's first trophy with City, but the Spaniard's success in Europe was a key factor in the decision to bring him to Manchester last year.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss will find his skills tested to the limit in what is a defining week for City's season.
His most recent attempt at squad rotation failed when Guardiola decided to start Wednesday's Premier League home game against Stoke without his two best creative players.
David Silva was named as a substitute and Raheem Sterling was rested altogether as City drew 0-0, leaving them 10 points behind leaders Chelsea.
Guardiola has rested players for each of City's FA Cup games so far, but there are signings that he is taking the competition more seriously the further he progresses.