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Category: Carabao Cup

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Manchester City’s quadruple bid: no longer highly improbable, just improbable | Barney Ronay

The Carabao Cup is safely stored and City’s chances of a clean sweep may still seem fanciful but they are 20 games away from footballing nirvanaIt is probably fair to say Manchester City’s in-house team made the fawning soft-focus documentary All or No…

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Kepa farce distracted his teammates and disrespected the entire game | Richard Williams

The incident in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final was regrettable for so many reasons and Maurizio Sarri was not the only person to look on in disbeliefJust two weeks ago we were mourning the death of England’s greatest goalkeeper, a man who did his job witho…

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Premier League, Carabao Cup and Continental Cup: 10 talking points

Luke Shaw played a blinder but can still improve, Eden Hazard remains central to Chelsea and Deulofeu is coming of ageLuke Shaw’s display at Old Trafford was his best for Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjær, according to the interim manager. To…

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Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri: Kepa substitution row a ‘misunderstanding’ – video

Maurizio Sarri played down the controversy between himself and Kepa Arrizabalaga after the goalkeeper appeared to defy orders to be substituted during Chelsea’s Carabao Cup final defeat to Man City. ‘It was a big misunderstanding,’ Sarri says. ‘I …

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Sarri and Kepa try to play down substitution ‘misunderstanding’

• ‘In no moment was it my intention to disobey,’ claims keeper• Italian says Arrizabalaga ‘was right, but in the wrong way’Maurizio Sarri’s grip on his position as Chelsea’s head coach has been further loosened after Kepa Arrizabalaga appeared to under…

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Manchester City beat Chelsea on pens: Carabao Cup final player ratings

N’Golo Kanté was back to his energetic best while Raheem Sterling shone on the ball and hit the winning spot-kickKepa Arrizabalga: 4 Enraged Maurizio Sarri with disrespectful refusal to be replaced before conceding four of City’s five penalties. Contin…

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Kepa’s shootout mutiny emblematic of Sarri’s sinking ship at Chelsea | Barney Ronay

Refusal of keeper to be substituted near end of extra time undermined manager’s good work in League Cup finalSomething astonishing happened in extra-time of extra time here. Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to come off the pitch. He was substituted by his man…

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Manchester City win Carabao Cup on penalties after Chelsea’s Kepa chaos

When the final kick was delivered, who would have wanted to be in the boots of Kepa Arrizabalaga? Raheem Sterling was off on his victory run and the trophy was back in Manchester City’s possession. Yet that told only part of the story bearing in mind t…

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Chelsea v Manchester City: Carabao Cup final – live!

Live updates from Wembley, kick-off 4.30pm (GMT)Bernardo Silva: City’s rising star beloved by GuardiolaFeel free to email Nick or tweet @NickAmes82 3.59pm GMT It finished goalless at Old Trafford, and was rather a slog. Half an hour til this one now …..

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City’s devotion to one man and one idea a stark contrast to Chelsea’s blues | Paul Wilson

The Pep years at Manchester City have not been faultless but continuity has forged an identity Chelsea can only dream ofThe good news for Chelsea as they approach Sunday’s Carabao Cup final with something between fear and dread is that it is only a cou…

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Ross Barkley refuses to let 6-0 drubbing darken Chelsea’s glory bid

‘Bad days don’t always stay,’ says midfielder as Chelsea look for revenge against Manchester City in Sunday’s Carabao Cup finalThis might not have been the most harmonious weeks in west London but Ross Barkley certainly has no intention of hiding when …

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Ross Barkley refuses to let 6-0 drubbing darken Chelsea’s glory bid

‘Bad days don’t always stay,’ says midfielder as Chelsea look for revenge against Manchester City in Sunday’s Carabao Cup finalThis might not have been the most harmonious weeks in west London but Ross Barkley certainly has no intention of hiding when …

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Bernardo Silva ‘one of best players in England this season’, says Guardiola

• Manchester City manager says Silva is Portugal’s ‘biggest star’• ‘He’s a joy. I love him, it’s simple like that’Bernardo Silva’s status with Pep Guardiola is clear. “I love him,” says Manchester City’s manager, who last month warned Kevin De Bruyne t…

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Maurizio Sarri heads to Carabao Cup final as Chelsea’s dead man walking | Dominic Fifield

Wembley appearance will do little to kill the sense of inevitability over the Italian’s future at Stamford BridgeMaurizio Sarri strides out at Wembley a dead man walking. He can cling to football’s capacity to shock, and even convince himself an appear…

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I never feared sack at Manchester City like Sarri does at Chelsea, says Guardiola

• Caralan draws contrast with Chelsea’s short-term approach• Sarri’s side will be keen to avenge 6-0 loss warns GuardiolaPep Guardiola has highlighted Chelsea’s short-term approach by stating he enjoyed Manchester City’s backing in a way Antonio Conte …

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Chelsea handed transfer ban by Fifa: weekend football countdown – live!

Buildup to Man Utd v Liverpool and the Carabao Cup finalFull story: Chelsea get two-window transfer banSend your emails to Jacob here, or tweet him @JacobSteinberg 9.57am GMT There’s plenty of talk that Chelsea will emulate Atletico Madrid and Real Mad…

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Chelsea handed transfer ban by Fifa: weekend football countdown – live!

Buildup to Man Utd v Liverpool and the Carabao Cup finalFull story: Chelsea get two-window transfer banSend your emails to Jacob here, or tweet him @JacobSteinberg 9.57am GMT There’s plenty of talk that Chelsea will emulate Atletico Madrid and Real Mad…

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Retaining the Carabao Cup would be historic for City, says Bernardo Silva

• We should forget the recent 6-0 win over Chelsea, he adds• Portuguese is also aiming for last eight of Champions LeagueBernardo Silva believes if Manchester City beat Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final and retain a trophy for the first time their quest…

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Football fan faces ban after throwing pie during Chelsea game

Bournemouth supporter Adam Cox convicted of hurling missile on to pitch amid cup tieA football fan faces being banned from matches after he threw a pie on to the pitch during Chelsea’s league cup tie with AFC Bournemouth.Adam Cox, 27, was convicted in …

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Sports quiz of the week: Usain Bolt, Novak Djokovic and Thierry Henry

Who enjoyed it while it lasted? Who said sorry? Who flopped?Petra Kvitova will play a grand slam final for the first time in five years when she faces Naomi Osaka in the Australian Open final on Saturday. What makes Kvitova’s comeback all the more impr…