Manchester City arrive back home after winning first trophy under Pep Guardiola… but looked subdued with only a handful of fans to greet them

Manchester City have landed back in the north west of England hours after their Carabao Cup triumph over Arsenal.Sunday’s cup final victory was Pep Guardiola’s first trophy as City boss following his side’s comfortable win over Arsene Wenger’s side.However, as the newly-crowned champions wheeled their cases through the arrivals gate, there was barely a fanfare with only a handful of supporters turning up to greet the stars.Despite the quiet welcome home, Guardiola’s men spoke about their 3-0 victory at Wembley with Vincent Kompany even claiming he knew he would score at the big occasion.The City captain said afterwards: ‘I’m going to be honest, before the game I thought I was going to score. I came close a few times, it’s just the luck on the day.’

The Belgian’s emotion was clear as he celebrated his goal and he reflected on the many injuries which have limited his playing time in recent seasons.He said: ‘You have to be prepared to put in those six months of hard work – look at (Benjamin) Mendy, he’s got an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament injury) – but it’s worth the hard work to be standing out there. Every chance you have, you have to take.’ Kevin De Bruyne revealed how happy he was to have started the game after missing out on City’s previous cup final due to injury.The Belgium international said: ‘Missed the last one because of the injury so it was nice to play and I’m happy we won it. We deserved to win and now we have to go on on Thursday. ‘We have a good feeling this season but it’s not finished yet. We know what we have to do in the league and what we have to do in the Champions League. The potential of this club is huge. It’s really exciting to play here and I’m very happy.’

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