Man City reached the fourth round of the Carabao Cup in one of the expected football results with a comfortable 6-1 victory over Wycombe. Cole Palmer scored his first goal for Manchester City but it was Wycombe who took a shock lead in the 22nd minute. That lead did not last long as Riyadh Mahrez scored a brace while Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden, and Ferran Torres rounded up the scorers. The result was a good one for the defending Premier League Champions after they were held to a goalless draw by Southampton at the weekend. Pep Guardiola rested a number of players from that game with a number of youngsters starting in the backline.
Man City manager Pep Guardiola: “I just have to say thank you to the academy. They all do an incredible job.” he added. “You have the feeling that we have not just one or two potential players but many of them. The academy gives them the right values to become good professional players and they have the talent.”
Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth: “I didn’t get carried away enough to think there was a great shock on the cards. Their front five, wow, and I’m not disrespecting their back five, they were brilliant as well.” he added. “They’ve got some players who are going to be superstars, but we learned a lot and we had that moment on 22 minutes when Hanlan got his first goal for the club in front of our fans at the Etihad – fairytale stuff.”
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