Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola admitted that he did not feel sad after his team was confirmed to have failed to reach the Quadruple, because they were eliminated early in the English League Cup.
City were eliminated after being defeated by Newcastle United 1-0 in the third round, Thursday (28/9) early morning WIB. This result means that City will definitely not be able to win a trophy this season.
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Guardiola argued that a club’s success does not depend on the number of trophies they win. According to him, City still has three trophies they are chasing, and they will try to achieve them. Plus Quadruple is not The Cityzen’s main target.
“We have very positive things, a lot of players. “Other competitions, we already have the Super Cup, there are still three more competitions to play,” said Guardiola, quoted on the website Manchester Evening News.
“Do you think the target (this season) is to achieve a quadruple? Honestly, no. We competed very well, that’s what I saw, and we are very satisfied to have achieved the treble.”
“Expectations for us are very high, but not high enough to make others satisfied with that. It never crossed our minds, we competed, and competed really well.”
When defeated by Newcastle, Guardiola made changes to his players due to injuries, illnesses and suspensions. Erling Haaland, Kyle Walker and Ruben Dias are on the bench.
Players like Oscar Bobb, who had never appeared with the senior squad, made their full debut. Guardiola also praised this 20 year old player. Meanwhile, Kalvin Phillips played his first match this season.
“Oscar was more than brilliant, in all aspects, both in defense and attack. The game he played was extraordinary. Sergio [Gomez] Very well played, Rico [Lewis] “Also, everyone did very well,” said Guardiola.
“Kalvin played very well. It’s not easy when you play with less rhythm or less minutes. [Tapi] He did, and played really well.”