Pep Guardiola is confident his players will bounce back quickly in the 2024/25 campaign from our FA Cup final defeat.

City missed out on the chance to become the first men’s side in English football history to claim back-to-back Doubles after losing 2-1 to Manchester United at Wembley.

But having claimed a record fourth successive Premier League title, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup trophies, there’s still plenty to look back on with pride from the campaign.

While City are disappointed not to round off the season with another trophy, the boss doesn’t expect that to leave a lasting effect on the squad.

“We talk and now we are sad, but we celebrate what an incredible achievement we have done and come back,” he reflected in his post-match press conference.

“In football and in life you win and lose but like in the second half we never gave up.

“The feeling of course when you lose a final you are disappointed, but we celebrated this week the joy of the Premier League.

“We make 91 points because we have won a lot of points, in general really, really good.

“You have to be so proud and to celebrate what we have done.”

City were the dominant force after the break, with Jeremy Doku’s late effort providing a glimmer of hope as stoppage time approached.

Guardiola’s men had gone close before the Belgian’s strike, with Erling Haaland smashing an effort against the bar having seen strong claims for a penalty waved away.

The boss admitted City fell below our usual standards but that on another day we might’ve done enough to force extra time.


He said: “You plan a game for the oppositions, but it didn’t work.

“That was that. Even with that, we arrived two or three times in final third with the byline and crosses for nothing.

“They make a one shot, [we gave] the goal away and the goal from Mainoo, no more than that.

“We had control and normally we create, but in the second half we were not able to do it.”