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Pep points to benefits of FA Cup win

Pep Guardiola said there were numerous benefits for City from Sunday’s impressive 3-0 FA Cup fourth round win over Birmingham City.

A first half brace from Bernardo Silva and a third strike from Phil Foden helped seal an impressive Etihad success over the Championship side.

City fielded a strong side to tackle Aitor Karanka’s visitors and as he reflected on the win in his post-match press conference, the boss said success in every competition was hugely important to the Club.

“First objective is done. Some young players were involved and we have qualified for the next round,” said the City boss.

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“If you follow the trajectory of our team since I arrived, we didn't drop one game.

“That's why we are in a fourth Carabao Cup final in a row, the FA Cup we won two seasons ago, and a semi-final last season.

“Players like Kyle and Gabriel came back. Rodri didn't play last game, Mendy (for a) long time didn't play.

“So for six, seven players today was good. Every game we play, we will try to win and if the players are more or less fresh, I will use them.”

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