Neville’s League Cup final prediction

FILE PHOTO (EDITORS NOTE: COMPOSITE OF IMAGES - Image numbers 1089388290,1040951906 - GRADIENT ADDED) In this composite image a comparison has been made between Pep Guardiola, manager of Manchester City (L) and Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea. Manchester City and Chelsea FC meet in a Premier League fixture on February 10, 2019 at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester. ***LEFT IMAGE*** SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30: Pep Guardiola, manager of Manchester City looks on before the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Manchester City at St Mary's Stadium on December 30, 2018 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images) ***RIGHT IMAGE*** LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea looks on ahead of the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on September 26, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

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.”

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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.”


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