Guardiola thanks Man City bosses for standing by him
He won the Carabao Cup after finishing his first season in charge without a trophy.
Pep Guardiola collected his first silverware in England following Carabao Cup success against Arsenal before going on to praise Manchester City’s owners for sticking by him last season.
The Premier League leaders outclassed Arsene Wenger’s side to lift the trophy following a 3-0 thrashing of the sorry Gunners.
Sergio Aguero opened the scoring and man of the match Vincent Kompany and David Silva struck after the interval to secure Guardiola’s maiden trophy since he was appointed City boss in 2016.
"For me and for the team it is always a special trophy. We are happy and I am very happy.— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 25, 2018
"We were better than them and we can celebrate. But now we have to focus on the next game away at Arsenal on Thursday and to think about the Premier League." pic.twitter.com/FXCqHNF0wn
Guardiola could now end the campaign with three winners’ medals with the Premier League all but sewn up and a first ever Champions League also still on offer for City.
But the 47-year-old praised the club’s hierarchy for remaining faithful to him after his first season at the Etihad Stadium ended empty-handed.
“The first half was not good, we felt the pressure to play a final after what happened last season. We spoke about that at half-time,” he said.
“I’m so happy but I’m part of Manchester City, all the titles we won in the past is as part of a group.
“I can’t forget how they took care of me last season when the results were not good. I will always remember how all the club have supported me and that is why it is important.”
Guardiola, who defied a Football Association charge and continued to wear a yellow ribbon in support of politicians imprisoned in his native Catalonia, also believes lifting the first trophy on offer this season can only help guide City to more over the rest of the year – but only if they do not repeat their first half performance.
“Of course, winning titles helps to win more,” he said.
“They especially have to know that if we play like the first half we will not go far, especially in the Champions Leagues.
“If we play like the second half we can compete and that is our target. We are going to learn from that, every game teaches you something.”
Wenger conceded his side were well beaten and believed the goals were all down to the ineptitude of his players on the day.
“You cannot say you are not disappointed when you concede goals the way we conceded goals,” he said.
“I think there was no need to make the corner on the second goal. You take the good and the bad when you’re a manager. That’s part of the game.
“We go away disappointed. I feel a little bit that everything went against us today. We self-inflicted our punishment, because we had an unbelievable chance at 0-0.
“We gave them a goal and were a bit unlucky in the second half, even if we didn’t start well at all, and were punished.”
Wenger also felt there was an offside missed against Leroy Sane as City scored their second and also made a strange claim against the officials.
He said: “The referee didn’t give the (right amount of) added time.
“When I asked why didn’t you give more time, he told me ‘why do you want more time?’. I told him it is not down to him to judge whether we want more time or not.”