Guardiola warns Liverpool after Man City won Carabao Cup

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City with Sunday's win became the first side to win the competition three seasons in a row since Liverpool claimed four straight titles from 1981 to 1984. But if you're not used to playing these kind of games, it's better that the attention goes to more senior players and you just focus on your task and your job in the team'.

Manchester City are the Carabao Cup champions for the third consecutive time following their 2-1 win over fellow Premier League outfit Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium.

Pep Guardiola made eight changes from the team that beat Real Madrid in the Bernabeu, but City still controlled the game and dominated possession throughout.

If Bravo was to leave, it could raise the possibility of the United States goalkeeper, Zack Steffen, who is now on loan at Fortuna Dusseldorf in Germany from City, being drafted in as Ederson's No. 2 next season, although he could face competition from Aro Muric, who is on loan at Nottingham Forest.

He was a constant menace to Matt Targett on the right-hand side of City's attacking trio, and narrowly missed a chance to double the lead shortly after Aguero's goal.

However, City failed to turn their dominance into more goals as Rodrigo was denied by a fine save by Nyland from another corner before Aguero then fired into the side-netting to give Villa hope for the last 10 minutes.

City did not have to wait long for a simple second goal on the half-hour.

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The Englishman protested that it should have been a goal-kick because the ball came off Ilkay Gundogan.

This season's fifth-place team will secure a place in the elite competition if second-place City can't overturn the punishment for breaching of UEFA financial regulations.

Meanwhile, Claudio Bravo - whose stunning late save to deny Bjorn Engels prevented Villa from taking the final to extra time - is thought to be weighing up an offer to join City's sister club, New York City FC, when his contract expires at the end of the season.

'We all know it wasn't a corner, ' said Smith.

"He is always trying to help me each day and it's just a pleasure for me to be a part of it". "We can go through quarterfinals and that is what we have to do".

"We're pleased with our performance because we were up against one of the best teams in the world", he added.

The 24-year-old has been one of the standout performers in the Premier League this season and as a result, Manchester United are interested in signing him, as per The Metro.

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