Pep Guardiola has come out to say that the first trophy in the English Premiership was due to the dedication, skill, consistency and perseverance of his players rather than his coaching ability in the Sunday’s 3-0 whip they gave Arsenal in the League Cup final.
Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva made the score sheet as Mancity lifted their fifth league cup.
It was an impressive statement of conscience from Guardiola’s men after a shock FA Cup defeat to lowly Wigan last week ended their campaign for their quadruple challenge.
“It’s important. We’re so happy, and a big congratulations to all of Manchester City, and our fans. This trophy is for Manchester City and not for me,” Guardiola told Sky Sports.
“The first half we were not good, there were a lot of mistakes, in the second half we played with a lot more courage and personality — we were outstanding.”
For Arsenal, it was a poor afternoon with fans leaving Wembley in their droves after Silva added the third goal in the 65th minute.
“Arsenal were an absolute disgrace,” former Manchester United star Gary Neville said on Sky Sports as Gunners boss Arsene Wenger came under renewed pressure.
“You have to accept being criticised when you lose games,” Wenger said.
“But I believe we have to recover quickly. We got to the final, we lost, so now we have to focus on the next Premier League game.”
Next up for Arsenal? A home clash in the Premier League on Thursday — against City.