Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has sent a message to Premier League rivals after guiding his side to success in the Carabao Cup for the third season in a row.
City beat Aston Villa 2-1 at Wembley to lift the trophy for the third time in a row, having defeated Arsenal and Chelsea in recent seasons in the final of the competition.
It means City have now won the Community Shield and League Cup so far this season, while they are still in the FA Cup and the Champions League.
And although they look set to miss out on a third Premier League title in a row, with Liverpool closing in on their first title for 30 years, Guardiola has sent a message to his side’s rivals ahead of the remainder of the season.
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“It’s the consistency, incredible,” Guardiola said, speaking to BBC Sport after his side’s victory at Wembley.
“Three times in a row is a big success.
“We have won eight of the last nine [domestic] trophies [including the Community Shield], no team has won as many as that, not the Liverpool team of the 80s, not Sir Alex Ferguson’s [Manchester United] team, not Jose Mourinho [at Chelsea] or Arsene Wenger [at Arsenal].”
Meanwhile, speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “We’ve won a lot. Every game we play we try to win it, every competition we try to win it, and three times in a row, being here and winning is great.”
City travel to face Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup fifth round this week, with Guardiola’s men looking to defend the trophy they won last season by thrashing Watford 6-0 in the final.
They do, however, face competition from their rivals, with Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United all still in the competition as well, although the Blues host Jurgen Klopp’s men this week in the fifth round.
City are also still in the Champions League, with Guardiola’s men…