Manchester City will claim their first piece of silverware of the season when they face Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday says Manchester United legend, Gary Neville.
In the last meeting between the two sides at the Etihad Stadium a fortnight ago, City thrashed Sarri’s men 6-0 to claim the top spot in the League.
And Neville feels the way Guardiola’s men have performed against big teams this season is indicative of their desire to win trophies this season, starting with Sunday’s game.
“It felt like they stepped up in the gears when they beat Chelsea, Everton and Arsenal a few weeks ago,” Neville said in a quote cited Manchester Evening news.
“They started to step up and there was a recognition that they had to pick up nine points there. They now have a trophy to win on Sunday and they have the Champions League as well.
“It’s the time of the season in which Guardiola will come alive. It feels to me that his players are coming alive as well. It’s all a little bit more serious.”
CARABAO CUP – FINAL
⚽ CHELSEA VS MANCHESTER CITY
📆 MON | 25 FEBRUARY 2019
⌚ 12.30 AM
🏟 WEMBLEY STADIUM
📺 SUPERSPORT 810 | 831 HD
— MBAS OFFICIAL (@mbas_chelsea) February 21, 2019
Neville attributed boredom to City’s winter slump when they suffered their four defeats of the season against Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Newcastle United.
“They were bored in January and parts of December. They almost looked disinterested.
“I don’t think they will win the four trophies but they do look more interested in what they are doing. I do think they will win their first trophy on Sunday.”