Goater hails winner Pep

05 January 2021 21:32:27 GMTPlus11

Former Manchester City striker Shaun Goater is full of admiration for 'serial winner' Pep Guardiola and is not surprised to see his former side in with a shot of claiming further EFL Cup glory.

Since being appointed Manchester City manager in February 2016, Guardiola has guided the Citizens to EFL Cup silverware in each of the last three seasons.

Guardiola has also helped City secure two Premier League cup titles, two Community Shields and one FA Cup and his dedication to take every competition seriously has brought great success to the Etihad in recent years.

City had made a slow start to the season - they had dropped points in five of their opening eight Premier League games - but they produced their most impressive performance of the campaign in Sunday's 3-1 win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

That was a third straight win for City, who can go to the Premier League summit if they win their two games in hand, and was the perfect preparation for Wednesday's EFL Cup semi-final with fierce rivals Manchester United.

City silenced their bitter neighbours at this stage last season, albeit when the tie was played over two legs, and Goater is not shocked to see them go deep in the competition again.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with the EFL, Goater said: "Pep Guardiola takes this competition very seriously, he's won it three times since being at City and he'll be wanting to win it again. He's a serial winner, but the game against Manchester United will be very tough."

He added: "It's a trophy that means a lot to Pep and the club.
 
"But it's also a trophy that the players can celebrate and it's amazing the confidence that winning a trophy can give to players."

City at 10/11 to beat United at Old Trafford on Wednesday and book their place in the final and 1/4 for a fourth consecutive EFL Cup.

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