Pep Guardiola says his players are determined to learn from their defeat to Wigan when they face Arsenal in the Carabao Cup final
Manchester City will make a late call on the fitness of Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling for Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Arsenal.
Brazil striker Jesus has been sidelined since New Year’s Eve with a knee injury but has now had three training sessions back with the team as they prepare for their trip to Wembley.
Asked about Jesus’ chances of being involved, City boss Pep Guardiola replied: “We will see.”
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Regarding Sterling, he said: “He has a muscular problem. He had it against Basel. I don’t know if he will be ready for Sunday.”
Guardiola confirmed second-choice goalkeeper Claudio Bravo will start, having done so in all domestic cup matches this season.
“He deserves to play in the final,” he said. “Without him we would not be here. He’s going to play.”
City’s quadruple hopes were ended last Monday when they suffered a shock 1-0 loss at Wigan in the FA Cup, and Guardiola says his players are determined to learn from their mistakes as he attempts to win his first trophy in English football.
“We have to win titles to give more value to what we have done,” he said. “In the beginning of August, we said we will be judged by how many we win. It is the same for the five or six big contenders.
He continued: “I don’t like to lose competitions. What happened at Wigan, maybe I’d prefer to lose Premier League games than FA Cup, because now we’ve dropped a competition.
“But that’s football, it has happened and we can just focus on the next one and try to get better.
“All we can do is learn from Wigan.”