Pep Guardiola dedicated Manchester City’s win over Manchester United to Colin Bell, before explaining his delight at reaching four Carabao Cup finals in a row.
City overcame their rivals to advance to another final of the competition they have won the past three editions of.
It was a performance that club legend Bell, who sadly passed away earlier this week, would have been proud of.
Indeed, manager Guardiola described the win as “incredible” and immediately turned his thoughts to the whirlwind of emotions surrounding the club over the past 24 hours.
“It’s for Colin Bell and his family,” he told Sky Sports. “He helped to build something special for this club.
“It’s an incredible victory for us to beat United away and it was for him absolutely.
“The team is ready and it was an outstanding performance. We dipped a little bit in the second half, we were tired after the game at Stamford Bridge but when the team has this mentality they can do something incredible.
“It’s not the Champions League but four times in a row to reach the final – I’m so impressed.”
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City building up consistency
Both of City’s goals came after set pieces, something Guardiola has been hoping to see for a while.
It adds another facet to their attack, which has been ramping up its form in recent weeks. The team seem to have finally shaken off their inconsistent form from that start of the season.
“I think that was our first goal from a set piece,” Guardiola said. “Lately, we have been close to scoring on set pieces and tonight we scored two goals.
“It’s about the consistency. We didn’t have a proper pre-season and that’s why we need a little bit of time but I think we are already there.”
Before he can start thinking about April’s final against Tottenham, Guardiola wants his side to concentrate on the upcoming challenges in other competitions.
“[The final] is not next week, the game will arrive at the final,” he said. “We will be in the best possible condition. Tottenham are a top team but we won’t think about it yet.”
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