Pep Guardiola Wants Man City to Become a Top Club by Competing for as Much Silverware as Possible

​Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has challenged his squad to prove that they are one of the world's best clubs by competing for as many trophies as possible.

Taking a break from their pursuit of Liverpool in the Premier League, City take on Rotherham in the FA Cup on Sunday, before their Carabao Cup semi-final with Burton Albion on Wednesday. City also remain in contention for the Champions League, which means that, alongside their Community Shield triumph in August, Guardiola's side could still lift five trophies this season.

Speaking ahead of the clash with Rotherham, Guardiola insisted that his side will not stop in their pursuit of all the trophies. He is quoted by The ​In​depend​ent as saying: "I would like to have two months' holiday right now, definitely - this month is really tough, but it is what it is.

"We want to become a top club and you cannot deny any game, we cannot drop any competition.

"We are going to play the next game like a final, knowing we will go through in the second most important competition in England, but I don't think about it too much.

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"Of course ​Liverpool are out of the Carabao Cup, so they have more time to prepare for the ​Premier League, but it is what it is. I prefer to be in this position. We have a big enough squad.

"I don't know how far we are going to be because maybe [players] not playing the Carabao Cup will be easier for our recovery. Kevin [​De Bruyne] is coming back, [Ilkay] Gundogan is coming back. Everyone will rotate and everyone will play."

The Spaniard then went on to discuss Thursday's crucial 2-1 victory over league leaders Liverpool, which cut the gap between ​City and the Reds to just four points. 


Guardiola admitted that the importance of the victory was not lost on him, saying: "Losing to Liverpool we would have been almost out and we played knowing we were in or we were out. We competed and we were there like a real team.

"Sometimes playing every three days in December it is almost impossible in that rhythm but against Liverpool the stadium was sold out, the people were closer to us than I have ever seen before.

"Sometimes it is necessary to fight and win in that way - [you] live the game like it is the last game in your life and against Liverpool we were there. It was an important step but nothing has changed. They are still the leader in the Premier League, but four points is not bad. For us it was a real final and we played like it was a final."

Source : 90min