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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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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CManchester CityMan City3832421062779100
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd38256768284081
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs38238774363877
4Liverpool382112584384675
5Chelsea382171062382470
6Arsenal381961374512363
7Burnley381412123639-354
8Everton381310154458-1449
9Leicester CityLeicester381211155660-447
10Newcastle UnitedNewcastle38128183947-844
11Crystal Palace381111164555-1044
12Bournemouth381111164561-1644
13West Ham UnitedWest Ham381012164868-2042
14Watford38118194464-2041
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38913163454-2040
16Huddersfield TownHuddersfield38910192858-3037
17Southampton38715163756-1936
RSwansea CitySwansea3889212856-2833
RStoke CityStoke38712193568-3333
RWest Bromwich AlbionWest Brom38613193156-2531
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