Pep Guardiola slammed the suggestion that his team hadn't taken their FA Cup semi-final seriously enough after they went out with a whimper against Chelsea.

There were eight changes from the Manchester City side that had triumphed in Dortmund in midweek with many of the players who featured in the defeat to Leeds coming back in, while Thomas Tuchel made just three Chelsea changes. City were poor throughout, failing to test Kepa Arrizabalaga in the opposition goal and making individual errors to concede the decisive goal in the second half.

Guardiola refused to accept that the changes had been responsible for the defeat, insisting that his players deserved to start and had given everything in the game and that conclusions that the team selection was wrong were too easy to draw from the result.

"What could I say? We had two-and-a-half days to recover and play away and have to travel, we were on the train for three hours and we were stopped one hour," a prickly City boss said.

"Everyone deserved to play, don't say we don't pay attention, when this team reached four finals in a row in a Carabao Cup. Just say we lost the game and when we lose the game the decisions are bad but it is a poor argument. You don't get to the semi-finals of the FA Cup or final of the Carabao Cup four years in a row when we don't pay attention.

Manchester City's dreams of winning all four major trophies this season ended when they were beaten by Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

They will hope to get back on track and move a step closer to regaining the Premier League title when they travel to play Aston Villa on Wednesday night.

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"We go to Cheltenham and play many many games and always play to try to win the game. It was a tight game, congratulations to Chelsea - they are a top side. This can happen. If you believe we don't pay attention for that, what if the result was completely different and we won with eight changes?

"Say it before the game that Pep doesn't pay attention or the players don't, but don't say after just because we lose the game. These guys fight every game like never before I've seen. Now we don't pay attention?

"We respect the FA Cup a lot, we come here to win and next time tell me which people say that. Do you think [Raheem] Sterling, or Gabriel [Jesus], or Ferran [Torres] don't deserve to play the game? Say it."