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Jan 23, 2018 at 7.45pm UK at ​Ashton Gate Stadium (Bristol)
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Pep Guardiola: 'Manchester City will be judged on trophies'

Guardiola: 'City will be judged on trophies'
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Pep Guardiola admits that there are lessons to be learned from Manchester City's slender win over Bristol City, which sets up his first final in charge of the club.

Pep Guardiola has urged his Manchester City players to remain focused after holding on to reach the final of the EFL Cup.

The Citizens survived a real scare against Championship side Bristol City in Tuesday evening's semi-final second leg, as their advantage was cut to 4-3 on aggregate after Marlon Pack and Aden Flint found the net.

City, who had earlier raced into a commanding lead thanks to the first two goals on the night, got the job done with a Kevin De Bruyne goal deep into stoppage time to prevail 5-3.

Guardiola admits that lessons can be learned from the match at Ashton Gate, as he challenges his players to push on and add some silverware to the collection.

"We are so happy to be there, to reach this final," he told Sky Sports News. "We played an amazing game until 2-0 and then we lost control, these type of games never end until the end. This is a lesson for next weekend in Cardiff in the FA Cup and especially for the Champions League.

"At 2-0 we knew it would be easier because they needed three or four goals but with one minute left it was 2-2 and anything could happen. It's not for me, it's for Manchester City, a club who are trying to reach another level.

"We try to keep going, the important thing for me is to be there. We try to keep going in the FA Cup, in the Premier League. I know that we will be judged by trophies we win but we are so happy. Nobody can take away what we have done, but Chelsea or Arsenal are strong teams."

Man City, nine points clear of the chasing pack in the Premier League, remain on course to win an unprecedented quadruple this season.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

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