Category Archives: Carabao Cup

Arsenal’s decade-long capitulation and Pardew on the brink – Football Weekly

Max and the pod discuss the Carabao Cup final, Mourinho’s game-changing substitutions, goalkeeping howlers, Sol Campbell’s self-confidence and more

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Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Amy Lawrence and Lars Sivertsen to look back at a weekend of thrills and spills in the Carabao Cup, the Premier League and beyond.

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Arsenal’s problem was not Wenger’s gameplan but Mustafi’s feebleness | Jonathan Wilson

Arsenal’s tactics rattled Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final until an error allowed Agüero to score – though City may be good enough to win in the face of any barriers

Football is full of Sliding Doors moments. What if Paul Gascoigne had stretched two inches further and got his toe to that cross in the Euro 96 semi-final? What if Jan Verheyen’s late winner for Belgium that would have meant the Netherlands failing to qualify for the 1974 World Cup hadn’t been wrongly ruled out for offside? What if one of the 73 penalties Chelsea believe they were owed against Barcelona in the 2009 Champions League semi-final had been given and converted?

Dynasties, as Pep Guardiola knows, can hinge on the tiniest details. What if Shkodran Mustafi hadn’t reacted to a slight nudge in the back from Sergio Agüero with all the resolve of a flighty Victorian maiden glimpsing a mouse, throwing out his arms in horror and desperately hoping somebody, anybody – a trusted servant, a passing dragoon, Craig Pawson – might help? What if he’d actually done a basic bit of defending and grappled back? What if he hadn’t got on the wrong side in the first place? What if he’d chased and put pressure on Agüero so he couldn’t measure a far from easy finish over David Ospina?

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Pep Guardiola sends message to FA over yellow ribbon after Carabao Cup win

• Manchester City manager will continue to wear pro-Catalan ribbon
• Guardiola says he is grateful to club after difficult first season

Pep Guardiola believes that Manchester City’s 3-0 Carabao Cup final win over Arsenal at Wembley can fire the club’s push for a treble of trophies this season.

The manager said the victory, secured with goals from Sergio Agüero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva, represented payback for the club’s owners for the support they gave to him last season. Guardiola will now push to add the Premier League title and the Champions League trophy.

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Arsenal v Manchester City: Carabao Cup final – live!

5.00pm GMT

28 min “On the commentary I’m hearing, Craig Burley has asked the Arsenal defence not to make any more silly errors,” says Charles Antaki. “Also Scottish independence, gun control, and a second referendum…”

4.58pm GMT

26 min Nacho Monreal has an injured back and needs to go off. The endearingly oafish Sead Kolasinac replaces him.

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Aymeric Laporte: ‘We were told one in a thousand kids would make it’

Manchester City’s new centre-half left home at 11 to pursue his dream of being a footballer. Now he wants his first trophy in the Carabao Cup final against Arsenal

As one door closes another one opens for Aymeric Laporte, dumped out of the FA Cup on a hectic night at Wigan on Monday but now in line for a first taste of Wembley in the Carabao Cup final in what would be only his fourth game since joining Manchester City.

“Our job is to keep our heads up and focus on the next game,” the 23-year-old French defender says. “Right now the most important thing is what is ahead of us. Winning a cup final would be a great step forward, it would be good to get a trophy under our belts and then go back to trying to make sure we win the league.”

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David Ospina relishes Wembley calling and memories of hero Higuita

Arsenal’s ‘cup keeper’ recalls the joy in Medellín when René Higuita unleashed his scorpion kick against England and is keen to impress at a special venue for Colombian goalkeepers

It is fair to say that Colombian goalkeepers have form when it comes to making an impression at Wembley Stadium. None, naturally, could be any larger than life than René Higuita, the extrovert formerly known as El Loco – the Madman – whose extravagant flourish during a friendly game against England in 1995 became the stuff of legend. When Jamie Redknapp scooped a relatively tame ball towards goal, Higuita flipped acrobatically, flinging his legs behind him to clear with a mid-air scorpion flick. Just for the kick of the trick.

Back home in Medellín, a seven-year-old David Ospina watched the broadcast and felt a surge of pride that his compatriot, a local hero of goalkeeping, pulled off something so audacious. Of course, he was inspired by what he observed on the television. “We were delighted,” he recalls. “We talked about it a lot. It was great he did it at Wembley, too. For us Colombians Higuita is a really important figure. He did so much for the national team and the country. I have always had great respect for him, and it’s nice that he is remembered here for something special.”

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Wenger accepts underdog status but denies Guardiola has raised the bar | David Hytner

The Arsenal manager says players matter more than coaches as he aims to ‘create a surprise’ in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final

So, Arsène Wenger. Do you think Pep Guardiola has raised the bar in terms of elite-level football over the past 10 years? The question was designed to draw an insight from the Arsenal manager into Guardiola’s methods and how he has powered Manchester City clear of all-comers in the Premier League this season.

It was topical before Wenger’s meeting with Guardiola in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final at Wembley and it felt like an open goal for him – at the very least – to offer a couple of positive soundbites.

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Phil Neville's tweets, Leeds United's new crest and the power of social media – Football Weekly Extra

Max Rushden and the panel reflect on the Carabao Cup semi-finals, the dangers of tweeting and ask what’s in a club’s badge?

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Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Simon Burnton and Andy Brassell to reflect on the storm regarding the newly appointed England women’s head coach Phil Neville and his controversial historical tweets before turning their attention to Leeds United’s contentious new badge.

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