Man City into final but “need to learn to be more clinical”


Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are through to their 3rd successive Carabao Cup final despite losing 1-0 against their biggest rivals Manchester United in the return leg of their semifinal clash at Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night.

City progress to the final, 3-2 on aggregate after winning the first leg 3-1 at Old Trafford.

Guardiola, however, was not particularly pleased.

“In 180 minutes, we were better than United.”

Kevin de Bruyne shared similar sentiments with his coach Guardiola. “I can’t really comprehend how we lost this game. I think we got sloppy. For me Manchester United didn’t have one chance today,” said the City midfielder.


“We created chances to score a lot of goals and didn’t convert. We need to learn to be more clinical. We played a side with incredible physicality. In both games we were better,” said Guardiola. Picture courtesy of Manchester City.

On the other hand, United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said that he is proud of his players after their hard-fought 1-0 victory.

“They’ve beaten City now twice at their place. They’ve given us everything. It was a fantastic effort from the boys, they’re giving us absolutely everything,” said Solskjaer.

Solskjaer becomes the 3rd manager to beat Guardiola twice at home in his coaching career. Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp are the others.

City will go up against Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium on March 1 in the Carabao Cup final.

Villa beat Leicester City 3-2 on aggregate on Tuesday to book a place in the final. Villa are the inaugural winners (1961) of the cup competition.

By FARPost Reporter 

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