- Match Analysis
Manchester City squeezed past Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night, but needed penalties to overcome the Championship side after 120 goalless minutes.
City have scored 32 times in 9 Premier League matches so far this season, but couldn’t break down Wolves and instead had to rely on the lottery of the shooutout – which they won 4-1.
However, manager Pep Guardiola put his team’s failings in front of goal down to the poor quality of the MATCH BALL, which according to him was not up to the standard required for the top level.
“The ball was unacceptable for a high-level competition,” said Guardiola after the match.
“It is too light. It moves all over the place. It is not a good ball. It’s impossible to score with a ball like that, and I can say that because we won.”
“I’m not making excuses. All of my players said: “What is that?”.”
“I’m sorry, Carabao Cup, it is not a serious ball for a serious competition. It’s marketing, money, okay. But it’s not acceptable. No weight, nothing.”
Claudio Bravo was the hero in the end, saving twice in the shootout as goals from Yaya Toure, Kevin de Bruyne, Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero sent City though.
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