Pep Guardiola issued a rally cry to complete a historic treble for Manchester City after his team lifted the Carabao Cup on Sunday.
Aimeric Laporte’s late header was enough for City to win the trophy for the fourth consecutive time against Tottenham by winning the first of three possible trophies this season.
City will face Paris Saint-Germain in their Champions League semi-final first leg on Wednesday and will need just two more wins to become champions in the Premier League.
Pep Guardiola has called for his Manchester City side to complete the treble this season
City won the Carabao Cup on Sunday – their first trophy of the season – beating the Spurs 1–0
“We’ve won the first title and we’re close to the second – and then we’ve got Paris to try for the next one,” Guardiola said.
‘To get to the final stages because we have this season and last season you have to take every game seriously otherwise it would be impossible to win four league cups in a row. This is impossible.
‘So now we just relax and prepare for the semi-finals against PSG and after that we are just two games away to try to win the most important title of the season – the Premier League. The Premier League is the best I am most proud of. ‘
Guardiola admitted that he is almost proud of the Premier League title this season
On Sunday’s win over Spurs, Guardiola said: ‘We play to score and we played very well. The feeling in lockdown has been great, we played with personality and created chances. In general we played a very good final.
‘We had a lot of corners, we are not a strong team with that [Laporte] Was there to score a goal.
‘We are happy that we won, but football is the only game where we can play like new and lose. When you play with the stats we have, the way we play – in any other game you win. But this game is completely special.
‘We don’t have time to work, we don’t have time to do anything. We just have time to recover and try to prepare the team. Today the players who did not play were worth playing, but this is the program
City defeated Spurs via a last-gasp header of Ayameric Laports (left) at Wembley on Sunday afternoon
‘You cannot reach the final stage of all competitions with only 11, 12 or 13 players. This is impossible. I think of all my players. It’s tough but that’s what it is.
‘Everyone is involved here and we will try to end the season.’
On the thrill of winning the game in front of 2,000 City fans, Guardiola said: ‘We missed him – it’s better to share it with him. What we do is for them. It is much better, not full but good news and good to celebrate with them. ‘
Match winner LaPorte believes City’s win over Spurs could inspire the team ahead of Wednesday’s crunch game vs. PSG.
Leprote (middle) claims that a late win motivates him to take on PSG on Wednesday
‘We are very happy to win this title again. We lost in the FA Cup, so it is good for us to gain confidence and continue to do as we have done in the last few months. ‘
‘We are so good and we have to keep this rhythm, winning more titles in this way.
‘It was difficult because they (Tottenham) are a good team. Playing against that type of team is never easy. Today, we were brilliant. ‘
Laporte could have been sent off for two bookable offenses in the first half – but interim Spurs boss Ryan Mason blamed referee Paul Tierney for his heart-breaking loss.
Luporte might be lucky not to see Red in the first half for two fouls on Lucas Maura
‘I thought the first one was a complete definite yellow, but it is not talking because perhaps the second does not dishonor when it is yellow.
‘Listen, this happened. At the time it was 0–0 and 0–0 for a very long time in the second half.
‘It is not on our minds right now because we are trying to eliminate the fact that we have just lost the cup final.
‘It is difficult to take, it is difficult for the players’ group and everyone involved with the football club. We have to move forward.
‘I think when you lose a cup final, it’s disappointing. We are all hurt. I am, there are players and I am sure that there are fans and everyone is involved with the football club. It is difficult to take.
Ryan Mason refuses to blame referee’s decisions for his side’s defeat in the Carabao Cup final
“Obviously it is my job, to give the players a platform and start preparing, start planning, the job of a coach.”
‘it’s painful. I am sitting there as a player, I have played for this football club and lost a final, I know what it is like.
‘I have experienced it. It is normal that they are aching. This is normal, because it shows that they care. And this group of players take deep care of this football club.
‘I think we saw that today, they gave absolutely everything, 100 percent commitment. ‘We tried, we tried, it was not enough today, it is hard to take.’