Guardiola stresses importance of EFL Cup win

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Added to this is the somewhat weird decision for the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) to be used only the Chelsea v Arsenal game and not over the two legs between Manchester City and Bristol City. It is a semi-final.

After beating Plymouth Argyle in the Carabao Cup, Watford, Stoke, Crystal Palace and most recently Manchester United have all come a cropper against Bristol City.

Burnley had caused problems when the two sides met in the Premier League and they did it again.

They now seek a place in the League Cup final as they host Championship side Bristol City in the first leg of their semi-final today.

"If we believe we need something because we are in four competitions and anything can happen, then OK".

The Blues can be backed at 4/5 (1.80) to take a first leg advantage to the Emirates, while it's 14/5 (3.80) that they go all the way and lift the trophy that they last won in 2015.

"We've just had the third round of the FA Cup and there is a long way to go in the Premier League and in the Champions League there are lot of contenders as well". They are a top team. But despite all these facts, our aim is to beat them.

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Guardiola insists his complaints about the Christmas programme were not about the number of fixtures, but the close proximity of the games on December 31 and January 2.

"If we have less games, then a player or two or three players, will sit on the bench unsatisfied with their situation". There comes a time when the level of what we can get to is just not appropriate for any given player, and they'll think as much as they've enjoyed it here there comes a time when reality bites.

"That was my own situation over the last month. It's a positive thing being in more competitions". I was quite sure we were going to have so many games coming up and always have the opportunity for me to play, to get minutes, to get a rhythm.

"My priority is the next one - tomorrow", Guardiola said before the game and he was true to his word with Nicolas Otamendi, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane, Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho all starting, while Claudio Bravo and Oleksandr Zinchenko were given rare starts too.

"We tried to win the game and we did it in the second half".

City will be without injured trio Vincent Kompany, Benjamin Mendy and Phil Foden for the game.