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Pep Guardiola plays down vast medal collection

Pep Guardiola says that his trophy haul has been made easier to obtain by managing big clubs.

The Spaniard secured the 25th major honour of his managerial career as Manchester City beat Tottenham 1-0 to win the League Cup for a fourth straight year but he played down the achievement by suggesting it has been easier for him to do so after coaching teams such as Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Guardiola said: "It's good. I was in big clubs: Barcelona, Bayern Munich, here. That's why it's easier to do."

Despite City's immense success, Guardiola suggested that his team does not have a superstar in the vein of Kylian Mbappe or Neymar - who they will come up against in the Champions League sem-final against PSG.

He said: "We maybe don’t have a single player who is capable to win a game all on his own like Messi, Ronaldo, Mbappé or Neymar.

"But the average level of my players is so high that no replacement throws the team off balance."

Guardiola did praise midfielder Kevin de Bruyne for his superb performances in midfield for City.

He said: "When people ask me to speak about players, about their qualities, I always respond with the same thing: you just have to watch.

"Turn your TV on and enjoy. Kevin, he is like a knife, we say in Spanish. When he decides to go for it, he sees passes and the game."

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