Guardiola shifts focus after shock loss

20 February 2018 03:19:40 EST

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola quickly shifted his focus to Sunday's EFL Cup final after their quadruple dream died with a shock FA Cup exit at Wigan.

The Spaniard watched as his side dominated the majority of Monday night's fifth-round tie at the DW Stadium, despite losing Fabian Delph to a red card on the stroke of half-time.

We did absolutely everything, we made a mistake and this kind of game is like a final. OK, we accept the defeat.

Pep Guardiola

However, after failing to convert their chances, City were made to pay when Will Grigg scored with the home side's only shot on target after the break on 79 minutes as Wigan emulated their stunning 2013 FA Cup final win against their opponents.

The League One outfit will now host Southampton in the quarter-finals, while City must now try and regroup  to win the treble.

The first instalment of that target could be achieved on Sunday when City face Arsenal at Wembley and Guardiola said: "We did absolutely everything, we made a mistake and this kind of game is like a final. OK, we accept the defeat.

"Wigan won, congratulations to them and now we rest to prepare for the League Cup final."

Guardiola refused to criticise the red card decision, despite referee Anthony Taylor initially taking a yellow card out of his pocket, while he also had no complaints about his side's performance.

He added: "Red card. It was the decision.

"They had one shot on target, I don’t have regrets with the way we played, the performance, the heart.

"I judge my players on intentions and not results and the intentions were good."

City are now 3/10 to win the EFL Cup this weekend, while Arsenal can be backed at 13/5.

Wigan are 10/3 to defeat Southampton in round six of the FA Cup, the Saints are available at 10/11 and the draw is priced at 27/10.

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