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Guardiola: Making history is ´extra motivation´ for Man City

SoccerNews in FA Cup 24 May 2024

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Pep Guardiola believes making more history is “extra motivation” for Manchester City as they prepare for the FA Cup final against Manchester United on Saturday.

City became the first side to win the English top-flight in four successive seasons after edging Arsenal to the title on the final day by two points.

On Saturday, they have the chance to win an unprecedented back-to-back league and FA Cup doubles against United if they win the FA Cup.

Guardiola says making history is a benefit for his side, but they should already have all the motivation they need to win at Wembley.

“If history gives us a chance to do something not done before, try it,” Guardiola said.

“Maybe [it will be] extra motivation for players. I didn’t speak about this specifically to the players. Playing for a win, a trophy, is enough.

“No teams have done four in a row; none have done back-to-back doubles. That is because it is not easy.

“We are going to London to perform well. [It’s the] same routine, not forgotten – defending our crown one year until next season.

“We are happy, satisfied. Saturday we will go for it with all we have. I want to be beaten because they were better, not because we weren’t who we are.”

City finished the Premier League season 31 points better off than their city rivals as United finished in their lowest-ever league position in the competition.

Despite the vast difference between the sides this season, Guardiola backed the Red Devils to bounce back.

“The respect is there,” he added. “[You] can’t compare, the last Premier League to first Premier League.

“I won’t compare United to another period, it’s unfair. Our team is here, maybe tomorrow [it is] different. It can be different, nothing is eternal. I’m sure United will work to come up again.”

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