Manchester City have lifted their third consecutive Mickey Mous-, sorry, League Cup. (They can win the treble for the next five years and still be miles off Liverpool’s total). Speaking after their triumph, Pep Guardiola issued a sly warning to Liverpool ahead of their impending Premier League coronation.
The League Cup has become something of a favourite for City in recent seasons.
It is important to note, however, that they likely wouldn’t have had such an easy run in (again) to the cup had Liverpool not been essentially forced out of the competition.
Back in December, The Reds requested that their tie with Aston Villa be postponed so that Jürgen Klopp could field a strong side in the fixture.
The request was denied and a teenaged Liverpool side were thoroughly beaten by the Villa.
Speaking to the press after their 2-1 victory over Villa in the final last weekend, as quoted by The Express, Pep Guardiola addressed Liverpool:
“It’s remarkable, from the last nine titles to win eight, it would be so difficult for anyone to do it again.
“Not just for us but for our opponents, too. When you have a team that’s incredible in the Premier League, so many champions drop after winning the league.”
What RTK has to say
Someone is getting a little upset that his rule breaking Harlem Globetrotters are being eclipsed by a side that has been built ethically.
The Spaniard himself even admitted that he wouldn’t be as successful without the blank cheques he’s been given.
Of course it will be hard for another team to replicate his record without breaking the rules the way they did.
However, The Reds’ forthcoming period of dominance will be done the right way, it’ll be respected more even if it falls short of Guardiola’s tally.