Arsene Wenger Says Criticism has Reached "Earthquake" Level

Pep Guardiola watches from the touchline wearing a yellow ribbon symbolising his support for Catalan independence

With the Champions League title a huge target for City this season he will demand his players keep their foot firmly on the gas to sew up the domestic title as soon as possible, allowing them the luxury of concentrating on Europe in the Spring.

Meanwhile, Guardiola has also voiced his support for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, widely criticised following City's emphatic 3-0 win over his team in Sunday's League Cup Final at Wembley.

The north London side signed Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the January transfer window. "For me it's a bit bigger than Dortmund, and this was a good step for me and my career".

Sensational first-half goals from Bernardo Silva, David Silva and Leroy Sane deepened the misery for Arsene Wenger's side after their defeat at Wembley, and Carragher was left in awe of City's "breathtaking" performance.

Guardiola said: "It was so important today, so so important".

"I knew before the game the first half would be hard for us after what happened on Sunday and we needed at least to be level at half-time. I understand completely. I'd like to tell him that I am close, I am on the same side as him".

The loss leaves Arsenal 10 points outside the Premier League's top four and with the Europa League appearing to be the only real chance of qualifying for next season's Champions League.

"In the Carabao Cup we won two penalty (shoot-out) rounds, Claudio Bravo saved them or you could be out".

"People always think "a lot of points in front, we can relax" and we did the opposite", said Guardiola. "Please snow all day n get called off will ya we need some time off from this misery!"

"It is not an easy moment but we have to give our best to show him that we play for him and give everything for him". "The difference in the league is no coincidence". Aguero raced through and attempted a trademark finish across the goalkeeper but Cech put out a strong hand to claw the ball away.

"You don't expect fans to be euphoric after losing 3-0".

The 23-year-old has been in terrific form for City this season, appearing 35 times and scoring 20 goals.

The runaway Premier League leaders will be hoping to use the victory as a springboard to greater glory as the season approaches its final stretch but defeat for Wenger means he has never lifted the League Cup.