After lifting the League Cup at Wembley over the weekend, Manchester City have already turned their focus to defending their FA Cup title, manager Pep Guardiola said on Tuesday.
City beat Aston Villa on Sunday to win their third consecutive League Cup title – Guardiola’s eighth trophy with the club since taking over in 2016.
The Spaniard, who also won 21 trophies with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, said City must have a “big club” mentality of moving on to the next available trophy ahead of Wednesday’s FA Cup fifth round tie at Sheffield Wednesday.
“I learned at big clubs that when they win a trophy, they go to take a shower and then they think about the next. It’s so nice what we have done in the last three years but tomorrow we have another ‘final’,” Guardiola told reporters.
“Away in the FA Cup is always difficult, for the fact how important this competition is for clubs in England. But we can go through to the quarterfinals and that is what we have to do. We have to be focused on that.”
City won the domestic treble last season, which also included the Premier League title, but Guardiola accepts it is no longer possible to reel in runaway league leaders Liverpool.