Guardiola dismisses FA Cup final loss as fuel for Man City’s fire

Manchester City fell 2-1 to Manchester United in the FA Cup final, but Pep Guardiola won’t seek revenge next season. Guardiola won’t dwell on Manchester City’s defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup final. City’s dream of clinching the FA Cup title and achieving a double for the 2023-24 season ended in Wembley. United emerged victorious with goals from Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo, stunning City, who had a comfortable lead of 31 points over the Red Devils in the Premier League. Despite Jeremy Doku’s late goal, City couldn’t defend their FA Cup title, ending up as runners-up like United in 2004-05. However, Guardiola denied that Manchester United’s win would be an added motivator for City next season. Guardiola emphasized that his team plays to achieve their own goals, not just to defeat United. City had the majority of the possession at 73.5% but United had more shots on target (five to four) and a higher expected goals figure (1.5 to 1.3). Guardiola dismissed the notion that United was the better team, citing a strong performance from City in the second half. Guardiola praised his players for a fantastic season despite the loss and commended United for their victory. Guardiola acknowledged that City made an effort in the second half but couldn’t secure more goals against United. Guardiola accepted the defeat and commented that losing was part of the game, pointing out that United scored two goals while City failed to score more.

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