Manchester City progressed to the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup with a penalty shootout victory over Leicester City on Tuesday night to set up a clash with League One outfit Burton Albion in the last four.
17-year-old debutant Eric Garcia stole the limelight with his solid shift at the heart of the defence but Arijanet Muric, who was playing his third game in the EFL Cup on Wednesday, was equally impressive.
Muric emerged as Manchester City’s shootout hero, saving penalties from James Maddison and Caglar Soyuncu to hand his team a 3-1 win. And the youngster revealed that he had received lessons from fellow goalkeeper and penalty expert Claudio Bravo before the shootout.
“It’s about personality, with Claudio. Players have respect for him and he has confidence.
“He is very good at penalties so I have been learning. I used some of his teaching – like walking forwards, to try to make the player a bit nervous.
“I was trying to get them to focus on me, and it seemed to work.
“I gave my best. I was nervous and can do a lot better but I had worked a lot with my goalkeeper coaches and the great keepers I train with.
“It gives me a lot of confidence. The first one, I nearly got there, but I knew I had to make saves for us to go through.
“It was my first shoot-out in the first team, but I have had them in the junior teams, one against Rotherham. I have had three and lost one.”