City hit Watford for six

Manchester City won the FA Cup final at Wembley, thrashing Watford 6-0 and securing an unprecedented domestic treble.

City are the first team in history to win the league title, the League Cup and the FA Cup in a single season and they completed it in style at Wembley, with Raheem Sterling scoring a hat-trick, only the second ever in an FA Cup final.

Watford had the best chance early on but when that went begging there was only one winner with City outclassing the Hornets.

City, fresh from the Premier League title win last weekend took charge early on and had the first opportunity, Bernardo Silva stretching the Watford defence but Gabriel Jesus, in the side in place of Sergio Aguero, couldn't reach the cutback.

Watford though went closest to taking the lead in the opening exchanges, Gerard Deulofeu finding Roberto Pereyra who was through on goal but Ederson did well to make the save.

Watford again, on a rare attack, threatened and appealed for a penalty when a shot from Abdoulaye Doucoure was blocked in the area by Vincent Kompany who was ruled not to have handled.

At the other end Heurelho Gomes failed to gather a cross which Raheem Sterling was close to forcing home but City were totally dominating possession and it was no surprise when they took the lead midway through the first half, Sterling again involved, heading the ball on and David Silva latched onto it and fired home.

A second before half-time duly came and Bernardo Silva produced a beautiful pass which found Jesus on the left and he managed to get enough on the ball to get it over the line though Sterling was on hand to make sure and get the final touch. He was credited with the goal which proved important later on.

So 2-0 was the half-time score with City in complete control and they almost made it three just after the restart, Jesus nodding home from a corner but it was ruled out for offside.

They didn't have to wait long however, substitute Kevin de Bruyne getting on the end of a move between Jesus and Sterling and finishing coolly.

City made it four on 68 minutes, de Bruyne again involved and Jesus, if not claiming the second goal, certainly had the fourth, waiting for Gomes to commit and sending the ball past him.

There was still time for a fifth and this was definitely Sterling getting on the end of a cross after great work again from Bernardo Silva.

Then, with three minutes remaining he completed his hat-trick, Gomes saving well from the England striker's initial shot but the rebound fell kindly for him and he bundled the ball home to complete the rout and end an outstanding season for Pep Guardiola's side.

City are priced at 8/11 to win next season's Premier League with Liverpool 11/4 and Manchester United 16/1.

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Silva eyeing up silverware

Midfielder Bernardo Silva is eager to win more silverware in the future, having signed a contract extension with Manchester City which runs until the summer of 2025.

The 24-year-old Portugal international joined the Citizens in the summer of 2017 and has since scored 18 goals in 93 appearances in all competitions, helping City to win the Premier League title last season.

He has also enjoyed success in the League Cup both this season and last and is determined to add to his medal tally in the coming campaigns.

He told his club's official website: "It's an honour to extend my deal with Manchester City. This club offers everything a player needs to fulfil their ambitions and there's nowhere else I want to be.

"As soon as I heard City wanted me to stay longer, my mind was made up. I love the club, the manager, the players and the fans.

"The style of football we play here excites me and I am determined to win more trophies. City gives me the best chance of doing that."

City are back in action at teatime on Saturday when they head to South Wales to take on Swansea City in an FA Cup quarter-final tie.

The men from Manchester are unbeaten in their last 13 meetings with the Swans and have won the last five matches between the two sides.

The Citizens can be backed at 1/7 to win the game in 90 minutes and are 11/2 to secure a 2-0 victory in normal time, with Pep Guardiola's side 4/5 to go all the way and lift the FA Cup this season.

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Kante takes a positive approach

Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante says he and his team-mates have to show confidence when they take on Manchester City in the final of the Carabao Cup at Wembley.

The Blues head into the showpiece showdown having lost three of their last five games in all competitions, including being thrashed 6-0 by the Citizens in a Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium.

However, Kante is looking for an upbeat approach to the game, with Chelsea having beaten City 2-0 when the two sides met at Stamford Bridge in early December.

He told the Daily Mirror: "They are not unbeatable. We need to go in with a lot of hope and to prepare for the game in the best way.

"They are a great team. We played them three times this season and in the last three months we played them at home and away. They were two different games.

"We need to know that we can win like at Stamford Bridge, or we can lose as at the Etihad. Everything is possible.

"After our last result against Man City, it was difficult to accept the defeat and we lost again against Manchester United.

"Every defeat like this is difficult to accept as a player. At the end we cannot change it – we need to accept it and go forward and do better. That's what we try to do."

Chelsea, who last won the League Cup in 2015, are 5/2 to lift the trophy on Sunday and are 14/1 to win 1-0 in 90 minutes against holders City.

The Londoners' Belgian winger Eden Hazard is priced at 12/5 to score at any time in the game.

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Laporte relishes Citizens future

Versatile defender Aymeric Laporte is determined to help Manchester City win further silverware, having signed a contract extension which runs until 2025.

The 24-year-old Frenchman joined the Citizens from Athletic Bilbao just over a year ago and has since made 46 appearances in all competitions, helping the club to Premier League and League Cup success last season.

And the France Under-21 international's efforts have been rewarded with a new deal which Laporte says he was more than happy to sign.

He told the club's official website: "I could not be happier to commit my long-term future to Manchester City. Since the day I arrived here, I have been made to feel welcome by Pep and all the players.

"This club offers me everything I need to improve my game. I've already made great strides and I want to continue getting better and better.

"Obviously I want to win silverware and I feel City is the best place for me to fulfil all my ambitions."

Laporte and the Citizens will be hoping to complete a successful defence of their League Cup title on Sunday, when they take on Chelsea at Wembley.

The two sides have already met three times this season, with City winning their Community Shield clash 2-0.

The Blues reversed that scoreline when the rivals faced off in a Premier League game at Stamford Bridge in early December, while two weeks ago City inflicted a 6-0 humiliation on the Londoners at the Etihad stadium.

The Citizens are 2/7 to lift the League Cup on Sunday and are 13/2 to win the game 2-0 in normal time, with Laporte 12/1 to score at any time.

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Silva seeks more silverware

Manchester City midfielder David Silva says he is keen to win an eighth trophy with the club by lifting the Carabao Cup on Sunday.

The 33-year-old Spaniard has helped City win three Premier League titles since he arrived at the club from Valencia in the summer of 2010, as well as three League Cups and one FA Cup.

City face Chelsea at Wembley, a team they thrashed 6-0 in the league earlier this month.

However, Silva is anticipating a tight game this weekend against Maurizio Sarri's team, who reached the last-16 of the Europa League by knocking Malmo out on Thursday.

Silva said: "It's another chance to win a title and it's always beautiful to play a final at Wembley. Hopefully, we can win it.

"A final is always difficult, whether you play Chelsea or any other team. It will be tough. They have a lot of quality players up front, so we should take care."

Silva has made 33 appearances for Pep Guardiola's team this season but insists he is still feeling fresh.

He added: "I feel good, to be honest. I know every day it gets tougher because there's a lot of games and a high level.

"But I feel fine. I have to take more care, but that's what I'm doing and I'm feeling good."

City are 2/7 to lift the trophy on Sunday with Silva available at 11/4 to score at any time against Chelsea. Meanwhile, Guardiola's team can be backed at 4/6 to win the Premier League again this season.

Hazard rates Chelsea’s chances

Star Chelsea forward Eden Hazard believes his side will have an even chance of defeating opponents Manchester City in the final of the Carabao Cup.

The Blues booked their place in the Wembley showpiece by beating Spurs 2-1 at Stamford Bridge in the second leg of their semi-final, with an aggregate score of 2-2 leading to a penalty shootout in which Chelsea prevailed 4-2.

And Hazard, who won the League Cup with the Blues four years ago, is looking forward to the chance of taking on the Citizens next month, with the men from Manchester the current holders of the trophy.

He told Sky Sports: "It's always hard (against City). With Liverpool, I think they are the best team in the Premier League at the moment.

"They win a lot of trophies in the last five or six years, but we also have a great team, so I think it is a 50-50 game."

Chelsea are priced at 6/4 to lift the Carabao Cup, with Man City available at 1/2.

Meanwhile, Blues head coach Maurizio Sarri was pleased to see his players answer some of the questions he had posed about their lacklustre performances in recent games.

He added: "We will now play a final, a very difficult final, but I was very happy with the performance.

"I think in the last three or four matches we had a problem; firstly motivation and then the players stopped to having fun on the pitch.

"Now with this performance and result we can once again find enthusiasm, which is very important."

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Poch cool on transfer plans

The difficult nature of the transfer market is again limiting Tottenham's options according to Mauricio Pochettino.

Last summer saw Spurs become the first club to fail to sign a single player since the window was introduced and they have again been quiet this month.

With Harry Kane and Dele Alli expected to be out for three months through and Son Heung-min away at the Asian Cup with South Korea, Pochettino appears to have his hands tied going into Thursday's EFL Cup clash with Chelsea, a game they are 5/1 to win, with the draw 31/10 and the Blues 8/13.

Spurs take a 1-0 lead to Stamford Bridge thanks to Kane's penalty in the opening tie and have received a boost ahead of the game with the news that Lucas Moura, Moussa Sissoko and Victor Wanyama are all back in training.

It remains to be seen if any of the trio feature on Thursday and supporters have urged the club to add to their stocks this month in order to maintain their top four hopes.

Winning the EFL Cup, which Spurs are 3/1 to do, would certainly appease certain sections of the support and Pochettino has suggested that might have to be the solution, with any new arrivals unlikely before the deadline.

The Argentine insists the club are scouring the market but is adamant that they will only sign the right players if they become available.

"It's going to be difficult, as I told you in the past," he told reporters. "If it was difficult in the summer, because in the end we had the squad full – we didn't have space to sign players because we didn't sell players – now of course it's difficult too.

"Of course we're Tottenham and to find the right profile to help us I think is going to be difficult. But we're trying, we're trying to deliver something."

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Foden: Cup format suits City

Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden believes the two-leg format of the Carabao Cup semi-finals is helpful to his side, who won the competition last season.

The Citizens lifted the trophy last February with a crushing 3-0 Wembley victory over Arsenal and the men from Manchester are just three games away from retaining the League Cup.

Next on the agenda is the first leg of their last-four clash with League One Burton Albion, with England Under-21 international Foden confident ahead of the action at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening.

He told his club's official website: "We have to be prepared. We need to focus on our own game and hopefully we can get the job done.

"If there's one game, there's a lot riding on it and nerves can kick in if it’s 0-0 in the 80th minute. To have two legs, it's better, you can relax more and play your own game.

"I think it's better for us to have two games."

City are available at 5/1 to win 3-0 on Wednesday evening and are 1/250 to reach the final of the competition, with the Citizens 4/7 to lift the Carabao Cup at Wembley next month.

Meanwhile Foden also believes that success in the cup will aid their bid for repeat success in the Premier League, adding: "It was a massive confidence boost for the whole squad (last season).

"You could tell last year the celebrations when we won – we were all buzzing and over the moon with it and that helped us with the rest of the season."

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Clough eyeing Citizens ‘miracle’

Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough says his side have an 'outside chance of achieving a miracle' when they take on Manchester City in the Carabao Cup semi-finals.

The League One Brewers have knocked out Shrewsbury Town, Aston Villa, Burnley, Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough on their way to the last four, where they now face the reigning Premier League champions.

And Clough is well aware of the size of the task his side face, with the first leg against the Citizens taking place at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening.

He told reporters: "We tell our lads 'watch the best' when they are at home watching TV or in person if the opportunity arises.

"Watch them, watch what they do and ask why they are the best at what they do – now they are going to see them at first hand. It will be a big learning process seeing some of the best players in Europe at close quarters.

"We've not gone into any detail with them because that will frighten the life out of them. They know exactly how good they are.

"To reach the League Cup semi-final, in some ways the job is done, but we still have an outside chance of achieving a miracle and that's what we'll try for."

Clough will be without both Kyle McFadzean (abdomen) and Marvin Sordell (knee) for the game, with Stephen Quinn and John Brayford facing late tests.

Striker Liam Boyce is in contention after marking his return from a thigh problem with a goal in the 4-0 victory at Rochdale on Saturday.

Albion are priced at 20/1 to earn a draw against City, while the hosts are 4/11 to keep a clean sheet and 5/1 to win the game 3-0.

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Poch rules out new arrivals

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is not planning to make any new signings this month despite his team's hectic schedule.

Spurs are challenging for the Premier League title, have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League as well as the fourth round of the FA Cup and are involved in the two-legged Carabao Cup semi-finals this month.

Lucas Moura will miss Tuesday's first-leg clash against Chelsea due to the knee injury he picked up in Friday's 7-0 FA Cup win at Tranmere and may also be forced to sit out Sunday's Premier League clash against Manchester United.

Eric Dier (appendicitis) and Victor Wanyama (knee) are also currently sidelined, while Son Heung-min is set to join the South Korea squad for the Asian Cup.

However, Pochettino is happy with the depth of his squad, saying: "I don't expect to add players. Of course, if we have the possibility to add the right player, we are going to try.

"The team is so strong in all the areas. I am happy and I know that it's very difficult for the club to add the quality to improve us, it's not an easy job."

Erik Lamela could feature against Chelsea on Tuesday after recovering from an illness.

Meanwhile, Pochettino has indicated that he would like to spend the rest of his managerial career at Spurs.

The Argentine has been linked with Manchester United and Real Madrid but insists he is happy at Spurs and would like to emulate Arsene Wenger's longevity at north London rivals Arsenal.

"I hope, or I wish, to be here 20 years and decide to leave or to finish my career here," he added.

"I am so focused here. It would be fantastic. I am so happy to be here. I am so happy to work in that pressure. Why not?"

Spurs, 16/1 to win the Premier League title this season and 7/2 to win the Carabao Cup, are 17/2 to beat Chelsea 1-0 on Tuesday and 6/5 to qualify for the final.