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Guardiola: It’s a privilege to go for the Treble

Pep Guardiola insists it’s a ‘privilege’ to be going for the Treble as he now looks to add the Champions League trophy to the FA Cup and Premier League already in City’s cabinet this season.

Guardiola spoke of his delight at winning the ‘special competition’ today in the first-ever all-Manchester cup final.

We achieved the Double for the second time after seeing off United 2-1 at Wembley, following success in these competitions in 2018/19.

After a short break, Guardiola’s focus will move firmly onto the challenge of Inter and attempting to achieve our first-ever Treble.

He said: “I like this competition, the FA Cup.

“We arrive many times in semi-finals and we won years ago against Watford but to win today is more special.


“The atmosphere was fantastic, so lovely day and it finished perfect for us.

“The FA Cup is so nice. I remember in Spain and Germany, this is a special competition.

“One more to come, one more to go and we feel it that we are in a position we probably will never be again.

“We have three or four training sessions, especially three, to prepare Inter. I have two days to watch it because I was focused on United.

“We will go there to try [to win]. Everybody knows it.

“We have done some incredible seasons. Premier League to FA Cup to Carabao Cup, but we have to win the Champions League. To recognise a team who deserves to be recognised.

“We have to admit it, without the Champions League, it has been amazing and fun but we’ll miss it.

“We have to take our responsibility and we have to do it.

“What a privilege. We are one game away.

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“For me, it’s incredible and remarkable to be in two finals of the Champions League and one semi-final [in the space of three years].

“That is incredible, but at the end we have to win it. I know this.

“We give more, more, more credit to what we have done this many, many years. So far we have done many, many good things.

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“I said to the players ‘you have to put the pressure on yourself’. To be recognised for something good. You have to win Europe.”

Guardiola believes the best way to add the Champions League trophy to City’s honours list is to focus firmly on the challenge of Inter, who we face next Saturday in the Ataturk Stadium.

He added: “Focus on what you need to do to beat Inter. What they are as a team, what they have improved. What we have to do. What will be the spaces. The threats they have.

“Control that. You have to refocus on that. Inter will be the same.

“After we will have time to analyse what’s good, what’s bad.

“The only way to have chance to win the Champions League like we have done is to focus on what we have to do. The game.

“Don't think of the consequences if you win or lose. As much as possible we’re going to do it.”