Cape Town - Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola
praised his young side on Tuesday after they made it through to the last four
of the League Cup following a penalty shootout win over Leicester City, while
dismissing talk of the quadruple.
City were the spot
kick lottery winners as Jamie Vardy and Rihad Mahrez missed their kicks, with
the game forced into extra-time after a controversial Vardy penalty well into
injury time had seen Leicester cancel out Bernardo Silva’s opener.
The result left
Guardiola pleased with the way his youthful team had handled the situation.
“Penalty or no penalty
what is important was how we reacted,” said Guardiola.
“We could go down
because it is the last minute, especially with a lot of young players, but from
first minute of extra time we tried to win. We had two solutions, complaining
or say, ‘Okay, we face that situation and move forward.’ We went forward again.
City are now in the
last-four of the League Cup, have an 11-point lead in the Premier League, and
will get their Champions League campaign back underway in February, while the
FA Cup is yet to start.
But Guardiola was
quick to dismiss any talk of City lifting all four pieces of silverware.
“That isn't going to
happen, of course not,” he said.
“That is not real.
That is not normal.
“In football you lose
games, you drop points. I am not thinking about how many titles. I am thinking
about recovery and the next game. In the process you enjoy the moments. There
is no sense waiting.
“I am so happy. Of
course, we want to go through. We cannot play four competitions with the same
players so we made changes.
“It was not best
performance ever, but for the young guys it will be a real good experience for
the future. In the end Leicester replayed the full team, and we handled it.”