Aguero gives Man City Carabao Cup advantage 5m

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Sergio Ageuro's injury-time victor ensured Manchester City would go into the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final against Bristol City with a slender 2-1 lead.

Pep Guardiola warned his side to be careful before the game because "something special was happening at Bristol" and the Championship club nearly had another memorable moment on their glorious cup run at the Etihad Stadium. Still, to see the runaway Premier League leaders not only fall behind, but to also be marginally outplayed for sizable portions of the first half, was certainly unexpected.

Squad rotation could be in Guardiola's thoughts amid Man City's busy run of fixtures across three competitions - the league, the FA Cup, and the League Cup - but he could choose to go hard in the first leg and try to have the semifinal all but secured before heading to Bristol for the return match on January 23. "We want to try to have the flawless result in the first one".

"We don't want to wait for the second leg", Man City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan said.

"It is up to us".

"They are playing unbelievably well and they've got great players, but we know in football that anything's possible".

"But after, of course, to give real value to what we have done so far, what we are going to do in the future, you have to lift the titles".

"It is a challenge". However, City should still have enough quality on the pitch to get the job done and put themselves in a commanding position ahead of the second leg at Ashton Gate. It's important and we're going to try. "Hopefully we will reach that".

Manchester City haven't been beaten by an English side for almost 10 months and few have come closer than Championship side Bristol City managed on Tuesday.

Gundogan expects they might adopt a cautious approach in their first meeting but knows Guardiola will be thorough.

He said: "The manager and his staff always know what they need to show us or not". That is what we all expect.

I could see Alvaro Morata making up for his missed chances and getting a brace here, while I can also see discipline issues for a Arsenal given they don't even seem to want to celebrate together when they're winning. "We need to be ready for every single case".

City have just come through a busy December - having played nine games and they will have played another eight games by the end on this month. He has started 11 games this season and is happy to be part of such an exhilarating side.

"I think the more games we have, the more opportunities there are to change players", the former Borussia Dortmund man added. In the process, when you live in good moments, I say to the players, "Enjoy it". We all do our bit to continue with all these successful things. Then, Manchester City have scored four or more goals in 38% of their home matches this season, which does not bode well for Bristol City.

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