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Secret to Man City’s success? ‘We have a lot of MONEY’, says Guardiola

Pep Guardiola, Gabriel Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne standing around each other: MailOnline logo© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo

Pep Guardiola gave a light-hearted yet simple response when asked what the reason is behind Manchester City’s incredible success, admitting that their fortunes are down to having a ‘lot of money’.

City are on an incredible 19-match winning run in all competitions following their 2-0 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach, and they look set to storm to their third Premier League title in four years, while they are also favourites for the Champions League thanks to their astonishing form.

City are also in the Carabao Cup final, looking to win it for a fourth consecutive time, while they have progressed to the FA Cup quarter-finals.

a man holding a baseball bat in front of a crowd: Man City have continued their red-hot form after extending their winning run to 19 games© Provided by Daily Mail Man City have continued their red-hot form after extending their winning run to 19 gamesPep Guardiola in a blue shirt: Pep Guardiola claimed that City's incredible fortunes are down to having 'a lot of money'© Provided by Daily Mail Pep Guardiola claimed that City’s incredible fortunes are down to having ‘a lot of money’

And following the win over Gladbach on Wednesday in the Champions League, Guardiola downplayed his own coaching skills and was honest enough to concede that City’s wealth – the club is owned by the oil- and gas-rich emirate of Abu Dhabi – gives them an enormous advantage.

‘We have a lot of money to buy a lot of incredible players,’ Guardiola replied when asked how his team had managed to go on a 19-game winning streak.

‘It is true. Without good quality players, we cannot do it. The humanity of this group… the players are fantastic and have an incredible relationship. They play every game to think just win that game.

‘Today, enjoy the night and then think about (playing) West Ham (on Saturday). When people talk about the second leg, the second leg is in three weeks so now the next target is West Ham. That is all I am concerned with.’

Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus are posing for a picture: Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus, both on the scoresheet against Borussia Monchengladbach, have been brought for big money since Guardiola arrived at City© Provided by Daily Mail Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus, both on the scoresheet against Borussia Monchengladbach, have been brought for big money since Guardiola arrived at Citya group of people playing football on a field: The in-form Riyad Mahrez was another one of City's big investments since Guardiola's arrival© Provided by Daily Mail The in-form Riyad Mahrez was another one of City’s big investments since Guardiola’s arrival

Over the past 20 years, City have spent almost an eye-watering £2billion on the world’s best players, with billionaire Sheikh Mansour playing a huge part after buying the club in 2008.

Since Guardiola joined as manager in 2016, City have forked out over £500m – signing the likes of Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva, Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus to boost their already star-studded attack.

But it is in defence where City have specifically spent big, with Ruben Dias the latest big-money signing arriving at the club in a £64m deal.

Dias, along with the likes of Kyle Walker, Aymeric Laporte, Joao Cancelo, Nathan Ake, Benjamin Mendy and John Stones, have been brought in recently.

a man standing on a baseball field: Ruben Dias, City's most recent defensive arrival, was signed for a huge £64million© Provided by Daily Mail Ruben Dias, City’s most recent defensive arrival, was signed for a huge £64million

And despite the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic, City’s ease at spending big doesn’t appear to be coming to an end anytime soon as they look to continue their dominance in England and finally end their European hoodoo.

City have a huge 10-point lead at the top of the Premier League with just 13 matches remaining while they will also be eyeing a Carabao Cup final triumph against Tottenham in April.

The Etihad outfit also have one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals following their 2-0 away win over Gladbach on Wednesday.

And City will be quietly confident of finally going all the way in Europe this season after falling agonisingly short in years gone by, with Bayern Munich struggling to find their best form while Barcelona and Real Madrid are not the same animal they once were, partly due to the huge financial hit of the pandemic.

a group of people standing next to a football ball: City have spent over £500million since Guardiola arrived in 2016 at the Etihad Stadium© Provided by Daily Mail City have spent over £500million since Guardiola arrived in 2016 at the Etihad Stadium