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Tueart: Carabao Cup can be catalyst for Guardiola

PREPARATION: Pep Guardiola on the training ground.

PREPARATION: Pep Guardiola on the training ground.

Dennis Tueart says Sunday’s Carabao Cup final can provide Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City with a platform for further success.

A competition which holds fond memories for the former Blue – he famously scored the winner in the 1976 final – Tueart believes the League Cup’s status as the first available silverware within a season gives it greater significance.

And with Guardiola yet to taste success in England, the 68-year-old feels the impact of lifting the trophy could be invaluable as City continue to fight on three fronts.

“The League Cup is a big trophy in the calendar,” Tueart told the English Football League.

“It comes first, so it’s the first trophy teams can win in the course of a season and this is a chance for Pep to win his first trophy being a coach at Manchester City.

“So, it has an awful lot of significance. It’s the first in the list and, hopefully, there’ll be a bit more.”

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The flying winger, who scored 109 goals in the sky blue shirt, Tueart is particularly appreciative of the abundance of attacking talent in the current City squad.

But for him, attitude is just as important as ability and the man who enjoyed two spells at Maine Road believes the emphasis Guardiola has placed on workrate gives his side the edge against Arsenal.

“What I like about it (the squad), is that it’s intense,” he said.

“It’s got pace, it’s got tempo, it’s got balance, which I always think is very important. And it’s also got desire.

“You’ve got the desire of Aguero to get goals, the desire of Sterling to get goals, of De Bruyne to get goals and assists, and the things that happen in the final third are really unique to this team.

“Arsenal will look to control the ball because that’s the way they play; they like to have a lot of possession.

“But I think we’ve just got too much in the last third of the field and I think we’ll win it.”

Do so and the likes of Ederson, John Stones and Leroy Sane will join Tueart in the City record books.

And as far as winning at Wembley goes, it doesn’t get much better than it did for the then 26-year-old, who scored a sublime overhead kick to secure victory at the expense of the team who released him as a teenager.

“It was a special occasion because I’d been a Newcastle supporter all my schooldays and played for them at schoolboy level,” remembers Tueart.

“There were four elements. It was against my hometown team. It’s a major trophy for your club, your supporters and teammates.

“I managed to score the winning goal at Wembley and in spectacular fashion, so all those elements made it a special occasion.”

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