Manchester City face Chelsea at Wembley Stadium for the Carabao Cup Final
City will become only the fourth team in history – after Nottingham Forest, Liverpool and Manchester United – to win the trophy in consecutive years with a victory and it’d be the first piece of silverware in a season that could see it rain trophies at the Etihad
The game will come two weeks after their last meeting in the Premier League, in which Manchester City ran away with a 6-0 victory, but Guardiola does not think the game will have a bearing on Sunday’s result.
Maurizio Sarri’s team have no major injury concerns with Ruben Loftus-Cheek likely to be available for selection as he recovers from a lingering back problem.
Gonzalo Higuain started Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Manchester City when Sarri persisted with his preferred 4-3-3 system, and it remains to be seen if he will tweak that formula to avoid a similar outcome.
Sergio Aguero was deemed unfit and sat out City’s comfortable FA Cup victory at Newport, but is expected to return and start against the team he put three past only a few weeks ago.
Vincent Kompany, Benjamin Mendy, Fabian Delph and Claudio Bravo have all been absentees since the turn of the year with Oleksandr Zinchenko deputising at left-back in the league game against Chelsea.
Road to the final
Third round: Liverpool (A), 2-1
Fourth round: Derby County (H), 3-2
Quarterfinal: Bournemouth (H), 1-0
Semifinal: Tottenham (A) 0-1, Tottenham (H) 2-1 — Chelsea won 4-2 on penalties
Third round: Oxford Utd (A), 3-0
Fourth round: Fulham (H), 2-0
Quarterfinal: Leicester (A), 1-1 — City won 3-1 on penalties
Semifinal: Burton Albion (H) 9-0, Burton Albion (A) 1-0
Verdict: Chelsea 1 Manchester City 2
Kick-off from Wembley Stadium is 4:30pm on Sunday, February 24.