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Category: Carabao Cup

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Middlesbrough tumble out of Carabao Cup after losing to Crewe on penalties

• ‘It was a terrible performance,’ says Jonathan Woodgate • Forest Green beat Charlton thanks to debutant keeperDavid Artell felt League Two Crewe deserved to be in the second round of the Carabao Cup even before Middlesbrough forced penalties at the R…

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MK Dons’ Alex Gilbey holds nerve to knock out AFC Wimbledon in shootout

“We are the resurrection‚“ read a banner in the Chemflow End at Kingsmeadow but it was the false prophets who came away with the victory after Alex Gilbey converted the winning penalty. MK Dons beat AFC Wimbledon after a 2-2 draw in normal time that sa…

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Mateusz Klich magic helps Leeds breeze past Salford City in Carabao Cup

• Salford 0-3 Leeds (Nketiah 43, Berardi 50, Klich 58)• Sir Alex Ferguson and Denis Law among sell-out crowdThere was a sell-out crowd at Moor Lane that included Sir Alex Ferguson and Denis Law but Salford City’s inaugural EFL Cup tie ended in defeat t…

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Champions League and Carabao Cup updates: football clockwatch – live!

Celtic v Cluj, Salford City v Leeds and moreLive scores – follow all the goals as they go inEmail Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 7.50pm BST Rotherham have raced into a 2-0 lead at Shrewsbury, with only three minutes played. Kyle Vassell with the second …

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Wimbledon’s Wally Downes: ‘There’s a massive snobbery if you play the ball long’

His club pulled off an extraordinary escape in League One last season and now prepare to meet their bitterest rivals, MK Dons, in the Carabao CupWally Downes has spent almost an hour dissecting moments from an unprecedented six months that will forever…

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Carabao Cup draw proves to be an unexpected item in baggage area

John Barnes and Ray Parlour ensured there was a buzz at Morrisons as north-west London replaced south-east AsiaDateline: Colindale. The north-west London suburb best known for its RAF museum and quick access to the M1 has, for one night only, become a …

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Quadruple is on for Manchester City as the impossible becomes a reality | Paul Wilson

Celtic became the first team in Britain to win a quadruple but England’s dominant teams have always fallen shortThe history of the quadruple in England is a short one. No one has achieved it, indifference to the League Cup being a frequent and early st…

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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…