The Germany midfielder wants the runaway Premier League leaders to put one foot firmly in next month's final by taking a clear advantage in tonight's semi-final first leg at the Etihad Stadium.
Squad rotation could be in Guardiola's thoughts amid Man City's busy run of fixtures across three competitions - the league, the FA Cup, and the League Cup - but he could choose to go hard in the first leg and try to have the semifinal all but secured before heading to Bristol for the return match on January 23.
"The concentration levels it will take to ensure we don't get infiltrated in our back line will be huge".
Looking ahead to the next game, Guardiola said: "A win helps to win more, then we are there, going to go to London to play the final".
After being told it's meaning, Gundogan added: "Of course we know we are situated well in all competitions and the first one is the Carabao Cup the closest one, and we want to win it". It is up to us. It is nice to have good performances but you have to lift the titles.
"It is a challenge. We want to try to have the flawless result in the first one".
"They showed they are able to break teams so we are aware of it". Of course we need to know their idea of playing football and how their style is. The Bristol City players looked deflated at the sound of the final whistle after giving their all, but can hold their heads high in defeat and will go again in the second leg at Ashton Gate in a fortnight. That is what we all expect at the moment.
I could see Alvaro Morata making up for his missed chances and getting a brace here, while I can also see discipline issues for a Arsenal given they don't even seem to want to celebrate together when they're winning.
"We think about this every single day and every training session", the Ukrainian said.
Gundogan is still easing back into action after a nine-month lay-off following knee surgery in December 2016. We all do our bit to continue with all these successful things we have done in the last months.
City were quickly out of the blocks after the re-start but continued to squander chances with Leroy Sane and Sterling both guilty of missing the sort of chances they've been gobbling up all season.
Bernardo Silva nearly opened the scoring in the 15th minute as he cut inside onto his favoured left foot and cannoned his shot off a Bristol City defender's leg but unfortunately for the Portuguese winger, the ball looped just the wrong side of Frank Fielding's post.
On the other side, it is understood that Arsene Wenger is now willing to sanction a sale.