Guardiola left out several important players in his side’s recent Champions League victory in the Santiago Bernabeu.

Neither Aguero nor David Silva got off the seat as City maintained a 2-1 victory in the Santiago Bernabeu to take control of the Champions League last-16 tie.

Both players, along with Raheem Sterling, will be pushing to Begin on Sunday when City aim to win a third EFL Cup in a row by beating Aston Villa in Wembley.

“In these three men, the behaviour in the locker room was an unbelievable exception, especially these three players,” he said Friday. I am so proud about the response they had, knowing that they wanted to play, obviously, I understand.

“Sergio was incredible, frankly, I could express my gratitude and my thanks to him, to understand me a little bit and to assist the group, being a legend because he is for what he has done for this club.

“I want him; we want him. I know he’s about to assist us, and David too, as well as John [Stones], and Oleks [Zinchenko], and Eric [Garcia] too, on the seat. I would love all of the players to be like them.”

Guardiola expects the result in Madrid provides his negative assurance as they aim to win what is an eighth domestic trophy from the past 11 accessible to them.

Together with back-to-back EFL Cup and Premier League triumphs, City also have won two Community Shields and last year’s FA Cup since completing empty-handed in Guardiola’s first effort in charge.

“Of course, it is better, it’s far better to go to perform a closing following a fantastic result in Madrid but we can’t live the last thinking how great we were,” he said.

“[The tie] isn’t done, to start with. Always I thought that it is incredibly tricky to succeed at large, big clubs, but it is an unbelievable challenge, more challenging to beat them twice. Typically, it does not happen. The big clubs can lose 1 match, but two? Rarely, it is not often.

“In soccer, teams are a state of emotion. It’s far better to go to perform a final not only with outcomes but with the personality, how we played.

Guardiola anticipates Aymeric Laporte to be sidelined for up to a month with a hamstring problem sustained in Madrid, but the City manager had better information on Leroy Sane, who’s to play for the Under-23 side as part of his comeback from a severe knee injury.

“There are a couple of things I do not like about your own country, by way of example the academy teams can’t play strongest leagues, but in exactly the same time that it’s an incredible, decent choice here in England that gamers for the first group, to recuperate, can play at the next one due to their recovery,” he added.

“I don’t need to place a goal-line [on Sane’s first-team comeback]. We’ll observe the game and talk with him.”


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