Kevin De Bruyne: Man City deserve place in Carabao Cup final
Playmaker Kevin De Bruyne thinks Manchester City deserved their place in the final of the Carabao Cup after a 3-2 win at Bristol City.
Goals from Leroy Sane, Sergio Aguero and De Bruyne secured a 5-3 aggregate triumph and manager Pep Guardiola's first cup final in English football.
"Very pleased. We played a very good game. They had two chances with the long balls and it's a little bit of a shame that they score two times but today we were very good," De Bruyne told Sky Sports.
"We didn't really give them opportunities and in the end we scored in the last minute.
"We came here, we knew the crowd would be up for it but we managed to keep them quiet. We controlled the game very well and especially in the first half they didn't get any chances.
"After the 2-0 they were going to play long balls and in the end I think we deserved to go to Wembley."
Guardiola played down that he could win his first cup final at the club, and said: "It's not for me, no, it's for Manchester City.
"The club is trying to reach another level that wasn't in the past with [Roberto] Mancini, with [Manuel] Pellegrini they achieve that and we try to keep going in that level.
"We are so happy. We played an amazing game."
Bristol City boss Lee Johnson hailed the Premier League side and admitted they were just too good.
"We came close to a draw today. They are a top, top side, probably the best side I've seen live," the 36-year-old said. "They have so many players that are intricate and have class on the ball and sometimes you have to hold your hands up and say 'they are a better side than us.'
"But the spirit we showed, we never gave in and we continued to try and attack and scored two goals and not many teams can score two goals against a side like that.
"It's a good lesson for the boys and I think we'll take that into the Championship. It's a positive lesson and we're a good side in the Championship and now we'll get to focus on the league and it will be a really good run in until the end of the season."