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Pep Guardiola singles out Aston Villa star Pepe Reina ahead of Carabao Cup final

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Pep Guardiola singles out Aston Villa star Pepe Reina ahead of Carabao Cup final

Pep Guardiola has been speaking to the press ahead of this weekend’s Carabao Cup final between Manchester City and Aston Villa.

The Midlands club will be aiming to prevent City from winning the competition for the third straight year on Sunday, and give themselves a major confidence boost for the rest of the season.

Villa are under threat from relegation in the Premier League, but an unlikely win at Wembley could be the catalyst for Dean Smith’s side to turn a corner.

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Guardiola is well aware of the threats Villa will pose, and the Spaniard has previously made known his feelings on Jack Grealish.

But Guardiola singled someone else out during his Friday press conference.

He said: “They are organised, and have a keeper with excellent experience in [Pepe] Reina. It was a good game when we went there. We’ll prepare for the game tactically, mentally. It is a big opportunity to do something special with our club.”

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Reina, who spent time with Guardiola at Bayern Munich, is yet to keep a clean sheet for Villa after joining in January on loan from AC Milan.

 

The veteran stopper will be hoping for a positive result on Sunday – he certainly has a positive record having tasted defeat just twice in 18 games against the Citizens during his Liverpool days, winning seven and drawing nine.

TBR’s view – Reina can be Villa hero

One has to feel City will dominate the ball at Wembley, a place they are obviously used to winning at.

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It is likely Reina will be in for a busy afternoon in London, but this kind of game has the potential to make him a hero amongst the fans.

City will be creating chances so he’ll have to be at the top of his game.

And of course there is the prospect of penalties, which is where Reina could really earn his money.

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