Manchester City is scheduled to play the EFL Cup football match against Wycombe Wanderers and coach Pep Guardiola has stated that he has no choice but to use Manchester City’s academy players.
When the holders face Wycombe Wanderers, Manchester City’s academy players will get their chance to shine in the EFL Cup. On Tuesday in the third round of EPL, the Premier League champions host third-tier Wycombe.
City head into the tie on the back of a frustrating goalless draw with Southampton, albeit they were fortunate to come away from that match with a point after a contentious VAR decision to overturn a Saints penalty.
The Southampton draw was missed by Aymeric Laport, John Stones, Rodri and Oleksandr Zinchenko, and Guardiola suggested Ilkay Gundogan is also likely to sit out the tie against the Chairboys.
With the likes of Liam Delap, Tommy Doyle and Taylor Harwood-Bellis handed opportunities last season, Guardiola has often used the early rounds of the competition to blood younger players. The latter two of that trio have now moved out on loan, though Guardiola said he will be turning to City’s youth once again.
“I don’t have any alternative… we are going to play a few young players,” Guardiola told reporters. “We have John, Aymeric, Oleks, Rodri and I think Gundogan – all of them injured. It’s a good opportunity for the academy – that’s why they are there.”
“Some players might rest for the games we have coming up ahead of us,” said Guardiola, whose side take on title rivals Chelsea next weekend. Ruben [Dias] played all of the minutes so far and Joao [Cancelo] played all of the minutes, too, so I don’t think they will be able to play in this game.”
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