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Category: Carabao Cup

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær and Pep Guardiola condemn taunts and fan trouble

• Footage showed two City fans making Munich gestures• Solskjær: ‘We want rivalry but keep it at a sane level’Manchester City plotted a nervy course into the Carabao Cup final against Aston Villa after losing 1-0 on the night to Manchester United at th…

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No fairytale comeback but Solskjær’s tactics prove testing for Guardiola | Jamie Jackson

With Manchester City threatening to overrun United in the first half, Solskjær tweaked United’s shape and earned his reward with the winning goalIn this second leg a place in the Carabao Cup final beckoned for the team whose manager plotted the better …

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No fairytale comeback but Solskjær’s tactics prove testing for Guardiola | Jamie Jackson

With Manchester City threatening to overrun United in the first half, Solskjær tweaked United’s shape and earned his reward with the winning goalIn this second leg a place in the Carabao Cup final beckoned for the team whose manager plotted the better …

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Manchester City reach Carabao Cup final despite Matic’s winner for United

Remember Paris, Pep Guardiola had cautioned after his Manchester City team’s 3-1 first-leg victory in this Carabao Cup semi-final. Remember Paris, Ole Gunnar Solskjær had trumpeted in the countdown to the second leg. It could be done.His Manchester Uni…

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Manchester City v Manchester United: Carabao Cup semi-final, second leg – live!

Updates from the second leg kicking off at 7.45pm GMTWe need to be ‘perfect’ at City, says SolskjærLive scoreboard: the latest from Wednesday’s gamesAnd you can email Scott here with your thoughts 7.19pm GMT Ole Gunnar Solskjaer speaks. First on the Br…

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Aston Villa’s Dean Smith says he let himself go after goal ‘made in Egypt’

• Trézéguet’s late winner sends club to Carabao Cup final• ‘If we could go and lift the trophy I’ll be a very proud man’Dean Smith, an Aston Villa supporter long before he became the club’s manager, said he “certainly let myself go” when Trézéguet scor…

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Samatta gets his chance but Grealish keeps Aston Villa dreaming of glory

Dean Smith gave his new forward Mbwana Samatta his debut yet Jack Grealish showed again he is the heartbeat of the teamThey came to see the new signing Mbwana Samatta but left talking about a player whose roots lie much closer to home. Jack Grealish wa…

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Trézéguet sinks Leicester at the last to put Aston Villa in Carabao Cup final

How about this for a rebuttal to Pep Guardiola’s argument for scrapping the Carabao Cup? If Manchester City make the final, the Catalan may discuss the issue face to face with Dean Smith, whose Aston Villa will be at Wembley thanks to a spectacular sto…

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Aston Villa v Leicester City: Carabao Cup semi-final, second leg – live!

Carabao Cup semi-final updates (first leg: 1-1)Live scoreboard: the latest from Tuesday’s matchesAnd you can email Rob here with your thoughts 5.41pm GMT Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg between Aston Villa an…

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David Squires on … football’s fixture wars

Our cartoonist looks at the importance of finding room for more lucrative friendlies in markets overseasTake a look through David’s archive of cartoonsBuy copies of his cartoons from our print shop Continue reading…

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Manchester United need ‘perfect performance’ at City, admits Solskjær

• Manchester City lead 3-1 from Carabao Cup semi-final first leg• Manager recalls PSG comeback and recent victory at CityOle Gunnar Solskjær has admitted Manchester United require a “perfect performance” to knock Manchester City out of the Carabao Cup …

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Aston Villa set to play £8.5m signing Mbwana Samatta against Leicester

• Rodgers could risk Vardy for Carabao Cup semi-final second leg• Scores at 1-1 after first leg at King Power StadiumLeicester City’s ambition for this season is to qualify for the Champions League while Aston Villa’s main aim is to stave off relegatio…

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It is time to scrap the League Cup – and give the FA Cup a radical makeover | Paul Wilson

Pep Guardiola’s call is well placed and better still would be for a streamlined FA Cup to emerge with the final in FebruaryWhen Jürgen Klopp was asked last week for his thoughts on the Africa Cup of Nations being moved to January next year he spoke uni…

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Pep Guardiola wants League Cup to be scrapped to ease fixture congestion

• Manchester City manager says schedule is causing injuries• ‘Less games, less competitions, more quality, less quantity’Pep Guardiola believes the League Cup should be dispensed with for the good of English football. The Manchester City manager says t…

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Jack Grealish’s poise and panache leave Villa dreaming of Wembley

The midfielder delivered a mature performance in the 1-1 draw with Leicester, in front of the watching Gareth SouthgateSo then, just who exactly will face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final this year? On a chilly, wet and fervent east Midlands ni…

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Jack Grealish’s poise and panache leave Villa dreaming of Wembley

The midfielder delivered a mature performance in the 1-1 draw with Leicester, in front of the watching Gareth SouthgateSo then, just who exactly will face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final this year? On a chilly, wet and fervent east Midlands ni…

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Leicester’s Kelechi Iheanacho rescues draw in face of defiant Aston Villa

Brendan Rodgers warned that his evolving side would not get anywhere without learning how to suffer. Aston Villa put them to the test here, as they defied the form book and a spate of injuries to inflict serious hardship on their hosts. For a long time…

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Leicester City v Aston Villa: Carabao Cup semi-final, first leg – live!

Updates from the first leg kicking off at 8pmRodgers aiming to liberate Leicester in trophy huntAnd you can email Simon here or tweet him here 7.36pm GMT Dean Smith has a chat. It sounds like a bus-parking exercise is in store:We haven’t got any centre…

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Manchester United’s Harry Maguire faces long absence with hip injury

• Centre-back suffered problem in FA Cup draw at Wolves• Marcus Rashford says United can recover in Carabao Cup semiHarry Maguire faces a prolonged period out after tearing a hip muscle, adding yet another name to Manchester United’s list of injured de…

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It took City 15 minutes to plan 3-1 defeat of United, says Kevin De Bruyne

• Guardiola’s tactical switch helped City surge into three-goal lead• ‘We did 15 minutes this morning [on tactics] – that’s about it’Kevin De Bruyne has revealed it took all of 15 minutes in training for Pep Guardiola to plan Manchester City’s 3-1 maul…