Pep Guardiola has warned Manchester City against complacency given they recently defeated Carabao Cup final opponents Chelsea 6-0. The City chief watched the reigning champions brush aside the Blues at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League just a fortnight ago.
However, Guardiola believes that could work against his side when they go up against an under-fire Maurizio Sarri’s outfit at Wembley on Sunday with the two sides battling it out for the first piece of major silverware this season.
He said: “In that moment I was so happy to beat them 6-0 but in this moment I have would preferred not to have beaten them 6-0. “I don’t like to play in a short period of time when you’ve beaten the team once before. They are incredible professional players, they are proud, they will do extra. When we lost 2-0 at Stamford Bridge we could not accept defeat at home. “But it is what it is. We are going to prepare mentally as well as possible, play the final, play the type of game you need to play in a final and try to win.”
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While City are at Wembley, their chief title rivals Liverpool will be playing Manchester United in a crucial Premier League game at Old Trafford.
Guardiola said: “I think for that game we will be in the stadium, preparing, changing socks, pants, T-shirts, warming up, underwear. We will be getting ready to play the game. We won’t have time to look at that game.”