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Pep Guardiola: 'Manchester City will be judged on trophies'

Pep Guardiola admits that there are lessons to be learned from Manchester City's slender win over Bristol City, which sets up his first final in charge of the club.

Pep Guardiola has urged his Manchester City players to remain focused after holding on to reach the final of the EFL Cup.

The Citizens survived a real scare against Championship side Bristol City in Tuesday evening's semi-final second leg, as their advantage was cut to 4-3 on aggregate after Marlon Pack and Aden Flint found the net.

City, who had earlier raced into a commanding lead thanks to the first two goals on the night, got the job done with a Kevin De Bruyne goal deep into stoppage time to prevail 5-3.

Guardiola admits that lessons can be learned from the match at Ashton Gate, as he challenges his players to push on and add some silverware to the collection.

"We are so happy to be there, to reach this final," he told Sky Sports News. "We played an amazing game until 2-0 and then we lost control, these type of games never end until the end. This is a lesson for next weekend in Cardiff in the FA Cup and especially for the Champions League.

"At 2-0 we knew it would be easier because they needed three or four goals but with one minute left it was 2-2 and anything could happen. It's not for me, it's for Manchester City, a club who are trying to reach another level.

"We try to keep going, the important thing for me is to be there. We try to keep going in the FA Cup, in the Premier League. I know that we will be judged by trophies we win but we are so happy. Nobody can take away what we have done, but Chelsea or Arsenal are strong teams."

Man City, nine points clear of the chasing pack in the Premier League, remain on course to win an unprecedented quadruple this season.

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18Southampton27511112840-1226
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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27233179205972
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd27175551193256
3Liverpool27159361313054
4Chelsea27165649232653
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs27157552242852
6Arsenal27136851361545
7Burnley279992124-336
8Leicester CityLeicester2798103940-135
9Everton2797113246-1434
10Bournemouth2787123141-1031
11Watford2786133747-1030
12West Ham UnitedWest Ham2779113446-1230
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2777132536-1128
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton27610112236-1428
15Crystal Palace2769122542-1727
16Swansea CitySwansea2776142037-1727
17Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2776142347-2427
18Southampton27511112840-1226
19Stoke CityStoke2767142753-2625
20West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom27311132140-1920
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