Manchester City’s close win over Newcastle United was one to draw in a lot of attention.
Pep Guardiola’s men had to work for all three points despite being vastly superior in quality than their Friday opponents.
“The way they fought and the way they run and the way they come back after 1-0, after 3-2, and being there and making a step forward – they know it. It’s not necessary to tell them.
“They know if you want to win or compete against Chelsea in the final, of course you have to earn it.
“It’s better to happen today. Then maybe, maybe it’s not going to happen in the final.”
Speaking about hat-trick getter, Ferran Torres, Guardiola added, “I’m delighted for the three goals. He has incredible numbers for a first season in England, he has incredible numbers. He didn’t play for a period of two months, he didn’t play much and he came as a winger who can play on both sides.
“He can make incredible runs in behind but maybe we have to start to think about if he can play as a striker because every time he plays in that position he has a sense for goal, a real sense for goal.
“Today he produced an incredible first goal with the header, but the last two… I think the last one is an example of that intuition. It’s intuitive, to know exactly where the ball comes and being there to score a goal.
“He was fantastic all season and an incredible signing for us. He’s a young player and can play in three positions up front. Not just in one, he can play in three. But playing in the more central position the guy has an incredible sense of goal.”