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"We want to win the Carabao Cup" - Pep Guardiola pre Southampton Press Conference

Pep Guardiola briefly spoke to the press ahead of Manchester City's trip to Saint Mary's Stadium to face Southampton in the Carabao Cup quarter-final, where the City boss discussed a range of subjects, including Kalvin Phillips' adjustment, winning the Carabao Cup, and his desire for more.


On Kalvin Phillips:

"He's always ready. He needed time for tactical aspects but he's ready. We have to see [if he will start against Southampton] but I think he's an intelligent player, normally holding midfielders are so clever. He has indicated at Leeds with [Marcelo] Bielsa the commitment of every training session and every game, but there are patterns and movements and you need game time [to adjust]."
"It's not difficult [to learn to play the Pep Guardiola way for Manchester City]. The way we want to play is so simple. Without the ball - help each other and with the ball be in the right position to get it. At Aston Villa, Jack [Grealish] was told do whatever you want. Here is different. We've spoken a few times with Jack about positions. Honestly, it's not difficult."

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Carabao Cup:

"It's been good and we've won it. I've said before some competitions are more important than the Carabao Cup but tomorrow we play Southampton and we want to win."
"Absolutely [do] not [care about winning record amount of Carabao Cups]. Absolutely not. We want to win it but it will not change my life. We try and last season we were out in the early stages on a penalty shoot-out to West Ham but we were magnificent in the game. Still in this competition, we are there. I say many times, whatever happens in the future will not change what we have done. Many things have been fantastic. The way we're still playing of high high quality after so many years is great!"

"I don't know if you're the best for the trophies you win, We win a lot in a short time but in my case I was in three fantastic clubs, they [previous managers] did not have the players I have. I said many times the success belongs to the players and the hierarchy of the club. What influence I have in [Riyad] Mahrez free-kick in the top corner - absolutely zero. I didn't pay £1 for Riyad, it was the club. Without the players you can have good ideas but you might not win."

Gareth Bale has retired:

"Too expensive [for me to sign]. What a player. Fantastic career, won a lot of things. I think he represents Wales with more than 100 caps and now he can become a fantastic golf player. He was busy [playing football] maybe now he has time [to play golf with me], I will invite him again."


Written by: @coIgcra

Some quotes as quoted by Manchester Evening News and Manchester City.

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