Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has dismissed suggestions that the Cityzens could win all four competitions this season as “ridiculous”.
City are still challenging on four fronts and are almost assured of a place in the final of the Carabao Cup after beating Burton 9-0 in the first leg of their semi-final. However, speaking ahead of the Premier League clash with Wolves on Monday Night Football, Guardiola said he does not believe the players think they can win the quadruple.
“No. Definitely not. Not even their manager does. It’s ridiculous. We are in one final. We are there, but the focus now is who the next one is, which competition and then try to do our job. We don’t think about the table or which competition to choose, just do what we have to do. I have learned from the big clubs. I grew up at Barcelona, went to Bayern Munich and watched Real Madrid and Manchester United when I was young and didn’t see them play one game like it was a holiday. That’s why I learned in the academy at Barcelona that every game you have to try to win. That is when you become a real club, when you behave in that way,” the City boss told Sky Sports.
Having suffered back-to-back defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester, City have bounced back with victories over Southampton and Premier League title-rivals Liverpool.
“It is important that we took the last two games seriously,” said Guardiola. “We respected our opponents and played the way we have tried since we arrived here. That is the main point. To score seven and nine is because we took it seriously, if you don’t do that then you cannot score this amount of goals. Sport is a mental approach. Everybody has an idea but when people are happy and confident…results help a lot with the mental side. Winning helps you to be more confident in the next one.”
Asked about the challenge of catching Liverpool this season, Guardiola added: “The only way to fight until the end in the Premier League is to know that if you drop points in one game then it will be almost over.
“When you are four, five, six points ahead you can drop points sometimes, it’s not the best but you can. When you are behind then the team on top gets extra confidence and every time it becomes fewer games to play and it will be so difficult to catch them.”