Manchester City named six of their World Cup players in the starting line-up as they returned to action against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup. The renowned XI made it through, beating the holders 3-2 in another classic clash between the two rivals.
Manuel Akanji, Aymeric Laporte, Nathan Ake, Rodri, Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan featured in the round of 16 match at the Etihad Stadium. Riyad Mahrez and Erling Haaland – their two great players not involved in Qatar – were also included, while Kyle Walker, John Stones, Joao Cancelo, Jack Grealish, Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden sat on the bench.
It was Dutch defender Ake – who played for the Netherlands in Qatar – who led home the victorious Pep Guardiola side in a pulsating clash that was entertaining from the first minute. Earlier, Haaland led the hosts 1-0 after good work from De Bruyne. This shot was canceled out by Fabio Carvalho’s brilliant, controlled finish. Despite numerous chances on both sides, the score remained 1-1 until half-time before Mahrez put City ahead seconds after half-time before, almost immediately, Mo Salah brought Liverpool back to a level playing field.
Afterwards, striker Ake emerged victorious despite even more chances from both sides to come through City as they chase their seventh Carabao Cup title in 10 years.
When is the Carabao Cup final?
This season’s final will take place at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, February 26. Last year’s final kicked off at 4:30 p.m., but the final start time for 2023 has yet to be confirmed.
Which teams are still in the competition?
Manchester City will be joined by six other Premier League clubs and just one EFL team in the quarter-finals. Charlton is the only fish left after they shocked Brighton on penalties in the round of 16. After a brilliant victory over Liverpool City, they look like a team to beat, but Manchester United, Newcastle, Leicester, Nottingham Forest, Wolves and Southampton will be dreaming of their chances now they are all in the bottom eight.
Who is playing whom in the quarterfinals?
Newcastle United vs Leicester City
Nottingham Forest vs Wolves
Southampton vs Manchester City
Manchester United vs Charlton Athletic
Ties to be played in the week beginning January 9.
Who is the favorite to lift the trophy on February 26?
It’s no shock to learn that Manchester City are hot favorites after beating Liverpool. Pep Guardiola’s men have 7/8 to win their seventh Carabao Cup in 10 years. City rivals United are second favorites with 7/2 and Newcastle – seeking their first domestic trophy since 1955 – third favorites with 13/2. League One Charlton is at 500/1.