Guardiola toasts glory & gadgets sights on greater prizes
At the same time as his Manchester Metropolis avid gamers infamous on the Wembley pitch after a hit Sunday's League Cup final, supervisor Pep Guardiola changed into as soon as already setting his sights on greater prizes.
Metropolis's 1-0 rep over Tottenham Hotspur - a scoreline that didn't discontinue justice to their dominance - sealed a file-equalling fourth successive League Cup trophy.
It changed into as soon as moreover the main fragment of what may even be a treble this season. Manchester's United's failure to beat Leeds United on Sunday ability Metropolis would perhaps moreover seal a third Premier League title in four seasons as early as next weekend.
Sooner than that Metropolis opt on Paris St Germain in the main leg of the Champions League semi-final.
So whereas Guardiola changed into as soon as clearly delighted with Sunday's rep - making him the main supervisor to rep the League Cup in four successive seasons - the Spaniard is aware of that is handiest an hors d'oeuvre to the season's predominant menu.
"Now we rest and prepare for the (Champions League semi-final) first leg in opposition to Paris Saint-Germain, then after that we are two video games remote from looking for to rep the finest title of the season," Guardiola said.
"The Premier League is the nicest one, the one the build I'm most proud as soon as we are ready to discontinue it.
"We are 10 elements clear, we wish two victories, and in between the video games in this crazy schedule we will strive to rep the following one in opposition to Crystal Palace."
Barring an extra special collapse, Metropolis will be topped Premier League champions, however the Champions League is in the steadiness. It has proved an advanced narrate for Guardiola since arriving at Metropolis with a mission to beget the club the kings of Europe, so powerful in relate that the conflict with PSG is his first semi-final since taking on at the Etihad.
Attributable to this truth it changed into as soon as a microscopic surprise to hunt so a ramification of his key males, in conjunction with Kevin de Bruyne and Phil Foden, being risked in opposition to a sub-normal Tottenham aspect.
"We will no longer content one gape is always on the Champions League," he said. "(But) I need to be apt with myself and I thought they were ready to play in this need.
"We near in these closing levels, as we did this season and in old seasons, on story of we opt every game severely. If no longer it is some distance terribly unlikely to rep four Carabao Cups in a row."
Sunday marked Guardiola's 30th fragment of silverware as a supervisor since taking on at Barcelona in 2008.
He changed into as soon as modest about that haul though.
"It changed into as soon as exact in astronomical clubs, Barca, Bayern, right here. That's why or no longer it is easy to discontinue it," Guardiola said.