Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he views Community Shield as a trophy


Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he views Community Shield as a trophy

Pep Guardiola insists Manchester City have won two trophies this season – and are gunning for three more.

City won the Carabao Cup in Feburary and will take on Watford in the FA Cup final in May.

They trail Premier League leaders Liverpool by two points with a game in hand and await Tottenham in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie on Tuesday.

Pep Guardiola refused to dismiss the Community Shield

But Guardiola cannot understand why the Community Shield, which City won with a 2-0 win over Chelsea in August, is not counted by some as a trophy.

He said: ”The Community Shield? Nobody counts it, that’s the question, I would like an answer.

“The Community Shield maybe counts for last season, but last season when we went on holiday it wasn’t there.

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“In Spain and Germany it’s important. We have won two titles this season and have three to play (for) but everyone says one.

“Why play if it doesn’t count? We could have longer holidays.”

Sergio Aguero has handed Guardiola a massive fitness boost having returned to training ahead of the Tottenham trip.

Sergio Aguero was taken off prematurely against Fulham last month

The Argentina striker has missed City’s last two games with a muscular problem.

The City squad stayed in London after beating Brighton in the FA Cup semi-finals on Saturday, a decision Guardiola hopes will prove beneficial.

He said: ”I don’t know how fresh we are, I never know before. In the FA Cup we could have been better.