'I Take Cup Competitions Seriously' – Pep Guardiola Takes a sly dig at Jurgen Klopp

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Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, insists he takes all cup competitions seriously and would never prioritise one trophy over another. City will welcome League One side, Burton Albion, to the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semifinal. 

On paper, it seems like a very lop-sided contest – one which Guardiola could use to test some of his fringe players, but the manager insists he won’t take his humble rivals for granted.

“I prefer it to be in the four competitions as far as possible,” Guardiola said, as quoted by  Daily Mail

“When Wigan put us out of the FA Cup last season, I was sad. I take the cups seriously.” 

Manchester City’s Premier League rivals, Liverpool, recently crashed out of the FA Cup after making too many changes to their starting XI. Guardiola, however, believes his side can keep competing on all fronts if they take a smarter approach. 

“I’m not involved in what my opponents do,” Guardiola said. 

“The reality for Jurgen is he knows exactly what happened. I’m not the right person to judge what the others do because I don’t like it when others judge our decisions.”

“You cannot survive in any league in the world fighting for the title with just 12 or 13 players. It’s impossible. You need a bigger squad and every player has to be a top player.”

“Since I arrived we’ve played Manchester United with a lot of young players (in the 2016 League Cup). It was the same the second season, the same the third season, that’s what happened.”

“Against Rotherham, we played with nine players who didn’t play against Liverpool and the nine were a good selection,” he concluded. 

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