Ruben Dias insists Many City treble push is still on after Quadruple heartbreak
Ruben Dias says the end of Manchester City's Quadruple dream has made them even more determined to land the Treble.
City face Tottenham in the Carabao Cup final tomorrow, their hopes of landing an unprecedented Quadruple over after last weekend's FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea.
But Pep Guardiola's side are now just seven games away from securing an historic Treble.
After tomorrow's Wembley final, they need three wins to clinch the Premier League title, and are three games away from a first Champions League crown.
Dias rejected the suggestion missing out on the Quadruple was something of a relief for City, saying it had only served to strengthen their resolve to win the remaining three trophies up for grabs.
And the defender said Guardiola's players are so committed and ready to fight for each other it is like “going to war” when they step onto the pitch to play.
“We're definitely not 'relieved', because it was something we were aiming for,” said Dias, who has been one of City's best players in his debut season following his £65million move from Benfica.
“As I said many times during this season, we start the season with the opportunity to win it all and the more you can push it to the end, the better you are doing.
“Obviously we weren't happy about the FA Cup semi-final, but you've just got to hang on tight and keep moving forward, because we're still in three competitions.
“That's just football, that's the way it is. You win or you lose and, because we've been so good so far, now it's all finals. Every game is a final.
“If you don’t get a good result, you're out. It's tremendous work from the team. We just need to keep going.
“Only at the end can you say where you got to. That's the spirit, to keep working and to keep wanting it all.
“It's a going to war thing and ‘okay, you’re in trouble, I will help you out and be there for you. Whenever you make a mistake, I will be there for you.
“Whenever you're not in the best mood or the best moment, I will be there for you. We have just grown that culture since the beginning, That makes everyone feel better about the guy next to him.
“It makes you feel more confident and like you're unstoppable, because you are all on the same page. I think that is the main goal we have achieved.”
Dias has filled the void left by City's legendary former skipper and defender Vincent Kompany, his towering displays at the back making him a contender for the Player of the Year awards.
But the 23-year-old said such individual accolades are a consequence of the team's success and vindication that he has become part of something very special at City.
“To be spoken of in those terms is a tremendous privilege for me,” said Dias. “It's something that makes me feel good, makes me feel that my work is being well done.
“But essentially, what it tells me, is that the team is having success. For me to be on that shortlist, especially as a defender, it can only mean the team won and had success.
“That, for me, is the biggest thing. If you said to me that ‘in your first year in the Premier League you can win the Player of the Year’, it would be amazing.
“But what I really want in my first year is to win the Premier League. That would be my biggest achievement.”
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