"The FA Cup is very special". Guardiola wants to win them all.
We're so happy to be through because to reach the semi-finals of this competition is so complicated.
Not for Guardiola the headache of fixture backlogs or talk of the cup losing its magic. "We don't have individuals that other teams have and for that reason, we have to be together and work hard every day".
Now as Aitor Karanka's men prepare to welcome City to the Riverside in the quarter-final, Clayton and the team have been using that famous victory for inspiration.
As City try to break down Middlesbrough's tough defensive core, look for Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane to be key parts of the scheme.
'This is the way we've been playing until now and I think it would be a big mistake if we went to Monaco to defend.
Guardiola said: "It's so lovely and that's why I'd like to be there".
On this evidence, the message is getting through loud and clear.
Pep Guardiola faces a selection headache in Saturday's FA Cup quarterfinal at Middlesbrough as the Manchester City manager juggles the demands of competing for silverware on two fronts.
Man City boss Pep Guardiola, meanwhile, has chosen to make five changes from the goalless draw with Stoke City on Wednesday night.
Aguero hit the woodwork after another lightning raid down the right but made no mistake when he steered a first-time shot past the helpless Guzan at the near post from a fizzing low cross by Sane.
But for all their polish, it was City's desire which shone through.
"There are plenty of conversations to be had with them but there will be lots of options open to Joe because he's one of the best goalkeepers in the world". "It feels like a long time since that first one".
"We are thinking about tomorrow and trying to arrive in the semi-finals".
Pep Guardiola's side is fighting for the title, the FA Cup, and the Champions League.
"Nah, we're not going to change", said Zabaleta.
Ominously for Middlesbrough, now languishing in the relegation zone after failing to win any of their last 10 Premier League games, all City's world-class players were involved, despite the fact they face Monaco in a decisive Champions League last 16-second leg on Wednesday.