Pep Guardiola ranks Man City win vs Real Madrid against Aston Villa cup glory

Pep Guardiola admits beating Real Madrid will count for nothing unless Manchester City win the Carabao Cup.

The English champions face Aston Villa at Wembley on Sunday high on confidence following their stunning 2-1 triumph at Real in the Champions League this week.

City will now turn their attention to Villa and the chance to make it a hat-trick of Carabao Cup wins.

Should City go on to beat Dean Smith's side it will mean they will have won six domestic trophies on the spin, including two league titles and the FA Cup.

Guardiola is keen to create more history and has told his stars to forget about winning in the Bernabeu and focus on the next challenge.

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He said: "I just know how difficult it is to reach the final. We've done really well to reach it, playing every three of four days, it's a great achievement to get there but now we must try to win.

"The result (in Madrid) has gone and now we focus on the final. For us it's better, much better to go to play a final after a good result in Madrid. But we can't go into the final thinking about that.

"We prepare tactically and know we have an incredible challenge to win the next title, to win six in a row, it's a big opportunity to do something special for our club.

"I'm pretty sure the City fans will remember, we are going to play the Carabao Cup, since the first one we played in, we've played in 11 competitions and if we win, it will be the eighth that we have won.

"That's incredible. It would be six in a row, there are no words to express my gratitude because it's so difficult to do that, to maintain that. It's massive to do that."

City will have to try and overcome Villa without Aymeric Laporte, who broke down with a hamstring problem in Spain and could be sidelined for up to a month.

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The Frenchman has already missed almost five months of the season with damaged knee ligaments, but Guardiola has backed him to have the mental strength to battle back from his latest blow.

He added: "It's a hamstring injury. I don't know if it will be three weeks or one month more or less.

"It's tough I imagine. They have to overcome it, life is not easy, always in this world are they guys who overcome the bad moments, who don't complain the world is against them, accept it, work harder and try to come back in the best condition possible."

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