Guardiola defends team selection, insists they did not lack attention

Sat 17 April 2021 | 22:15

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola defended his squad selection in the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea and said his side’s poor performance was not down to their lack of attention.

Manchester City

’s hopes of winning an unprecedented quadruple were dashed at the hands of

Thomas Tuchel



after the Blues won the game with

Hakim Ziyech

’s match decider.

After the game,

Pep Guardiola

defended his team selection and dismissed suggestions that he did not pay enough attention to the FA Cup.

"What could I say? We had two-and-a-half days to recover and play away and have to travel, we were on the train for three hours and we were stopped one hour,"

Guardiola fired to reporters after the final whistle


"Everyone deserved to play, don't say we don't pay attention, when this team reached four finals in a row in a Carabao Cup. Just say we lost the game and when we lose the game the decisions are bad but it is a poor argument.

"You don't get to the semi-finals of the FA Cup or final of the Carabao Cup four years in a row when we don't pay attention.

"Say it before the game that Pep doesn't pay attention or the players don't, but don't say after just because we lose the game. These guys fight every game like never before I've seen. Now we don't pay attention?

"We respect the FA Cup a lot, we come here to win and next time tell me which people say that. Do you think [Raheem] Sterling, or Gabriel [Jesus], or Ferran [Torres] don't deserve to play the game? Say it."

source: SportMob