The Manchester City lineup that should start the Carabao Cup final

It's Carabao Cup final time and yes, Manchester City feature in the Wembley showpiece event again.Pep Guardiola's hopes of an unprecedented quadruple may be over after defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final, but his love affair with English football's secondary cup competition shows no sign of letting up.The Cityzens are aiming for four in a row against Tottenham, who will be led out in north London by Ryan Mason and not Jose Mourinho - who was sensationally sacked as head coach in the same week that the Premier League's 'Big Six' attempted to participate in a breakaway Super League, only to see their plans go up in smoke after worldwide condemnation of the proposal.Back to the fun stuff,

Harry Kane back in training ahead of Carabao Cup final

Harry Kane is touch and go to feature in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City after he returned to training on Thursday. The Tottenham striker went off with an ankle problem in the latter stages of their 2-2 draw with Everton last week, and given his history with injuries - particularly where his ankle is involved - it didn't look great for his prospects of featuring at Wembley. Those fears were furthered when he sat out Ryan Mason's first game in interim charge, watching from the sidelines as Spurs fought back to earn a valuable 2-1 win against Southampton in the Premier League.Happy St George’s Day ???????— Harry Kane (@HKane) April 23, 2021Kane's absence from that match came

Leicester City 1-0 Southampton: Player ratings as Kelechi Iheanacho sends Foxes to FA Cup final

Leicester City will face Chelsea in the 2021 FA Cup final after a second-half Kelechi Iheanacho strike gave them a 1-0 win over Southampton.The first half of the semi-final was a dull affair with Southampton failing to register a single shot on goal. Jamie Vardy went closest to scoring with a failed lob, while Wilfred Ndidi flicked a header onto the bar. ? Super Kelechi Iheanacho ?#EmiratesFACup @LCFC— Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) April 18, 2021After the break Leicester took the lead when Iheanacho converted Vardy's cross at the second attempt. The Foxes then survived a minor scare when Ibrahima Diallo's shot flew just wide, while James Maddison spurned a good chance to settle it after coming on as a

Chelsea 1-0 Manchester City: Player ratings as resolute Blues book place in FA Cup final

Chelsea booked their place in the FA Cup final on Saturday evening, beating Manchester City 1-0 at Wembley Stadium. The first half was a tight affair, although the Blues thought they'd taken an early lead when Hakim Ziyech slotted home, but the goal was pulled back for an offside call earlier in the buildup. Ben Chilwell scuffed a volley wide as Chelsea continued to threaten, but the Cityzens grew to hold their own in the first 45 minutes. ⚡ HAKIM ZIYECH STRIKES ⚡#EmiratesFACup @ChelseaFC— Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) April 17, 2021Thomas Tuchel's men found the breakthrough on 55 minutes, when Timo Werner blitzed beyond the Man City defence and squared the ball to Ziyech, who rolled gleefully into an

The best FA Cup games at ‘new’ Wembley – ranked

Since it's reopening in 2007, Wembley Stadium has seen some real crackerjack games.When the FA Cup rocks up to the home of English football, the stakes are always high. It's either the semi-final or final of the competition - a stage which has added an extra boost to some enthralling encounters over the years.Let's take a trip down memory lane to look at some of the best FA Cup ties the new Wembley has ever seen.[embedded content]A real tale of two halves, Manchester United's victory over Everton in the 2016 semi-final was a rollercoaster.Marouane Fellaini netted in the first half for a dominant United, who were so impressive that Everton fans booed their own players off at the break, and

Carabao Cup final to host 8,000 fans at Wembley

The EFL have confirmed the Carabao Cup final has been selected as one of the UK government's trial events to test the return of fans to stadiums.It was revealed late in March that a handful of events for various different sports, including the FA Cup semi-final between Southampton and Leicester, will be allowed to welcome a small number of fans to give health officials a better idea of how plausible a return to stadiums is.The 2021 @Carabao_Cup Final has been confirmed as an official test event for the UK Government’s Events Research Programme. | #CarabaoCup— EFL Communications (@EFL_Comms) April 4, 2021The next event to be included in the Events Research Programme is the Carabao Cup final between Manchester City and

Limited number of Man City and Tottenham fans to attend Carabao Cup final

A limited number of fans will be permitted to attend the Carabao Cup final later this month between Tottenham and Manchester City.The occasion is being used as a pilot event as the government looks to trial the return of fans to football stadiums before lockdown restrictions are fully lifted in June.The Evening Standard report that anyone who wishes to attend the clash between Spurs and City will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test before entering Wembley, while social distancing guidelines will remain in place once in the ground.The Carabao Cup final between Manchester City and Tottenham will have fans in attendance | Catherine Ivill/Getty ImagesThe exact number of tickets available for the final has yet to be revealed,

Bayer Leverkusen 2-4 Bayern Munich: Reaction as Lewandowski’s Brace Seals Domestic Double

Robert Lewandowski took his goal tally to 51 for the 2019/20 season with a second-half brace as Bayern Munich secured yet another domestic double. Die Roten made a perfect start when David Alaba curled in a free-kick past Lukas Hradecky to give them the lead. And minutes later, they were two goals up, after Serge Gnabry drilled the ball into the net following Joshua Kimmich's inch-perfect pass. Leon Bailey had Leverkusen's best chance of the half when he fired over from close range, and it was one of the few opportunities they had as they were completely shut out by Bayern in the first 45 minutes. Despite Peter Bosz's side playing with a greater intensity after the break, Lewandowski made Hradecky pay with

DFB Pokal Final: How Bayern Munich & Bayer Leverkusen Earned Spots in Season Finale

Hold your horses, folks! German football hasn't finished quite yet. Although the title was all but wrapped up, as a result of Joshua Kimmich's genius with seven matchdays remaining, the race for Champions League places and relegation dogfight between Fortuna Dusseldorf and Werder Bremen meant the recent conclusion to the 2019/20 Bundesliga campaign was an enthralling one. And now we've got a DFB-Pokal final to enjoy. Bayern celebrating their eighth consecutive Meisterschale  Germany's equivalent of the FA Cup draws to a close on Saturday night as Bayern Munich take on Bayer Leverkusen in Berlin. The former are going in search of the second piece to a once unthinkable treble following Hansi Flick's November arrival, while the latter - a club perceived as perennial underachievers or

Napoli 0-0 Juventus (4-2 Penalties): Reactions as Partenopei Win the Coppa Italia

Napoli 0-0 Juventus (4-2 Penalties): Report, Ratings and Reaction as Partenopei Win the Coppa Italia

An empty Stadio Olimpico (unless you count the horrific computer-generated fans) played host to a dull Coppa Italia final on Wednesday night, as Napoli beat Juventus on penalties to lift the trophy for the first time since 2014. The lack of atmosphere, alongside the fact that these players are still lacking in match fitness, made for a lacklustre game, with neither side having any significant chances on goal. It became clear very early on that a goal wouldn't be scored from open play and that the game would ultimately be decided on penalties. Juventus' Paulo Dybala stepped up to take the first penalty, only for it to be saved by Napoli shot-stopper Alex Meret. Lorenzo Insigne successfully converted his penalty for Napoli,

Maurizio Sarri Has Finally Picked His Frontline – But Is it the Right One?

Maurizio Sarri Has Finally Picked His Frontline - But Is it the Right One?

Maurizio Sarri's pre-Coppa Italia press conference was a lot like every other press conference he's enjoyed/endured throughout the past few years. He sat in a 'no smoking' conference room hankering for a cigarette - or 17 - and answered every single question in the same way: casually, but not exactly calmly. He was asked about his barren trophy cabinet - again. He was asked about the supposed bad blood between he and his former employers SSC Napoli - again. And he was asked about his frontline - again. Sarri's press conference was a telling one. It's his reply to latter question that we'll be focusing on here; his other replies were the usual 'I'm only thinking about Juventus', 'I've won things' and 'I

Napoli vs Juventus Coppa Italia final Preview: How to Watch & Team News

Napoli vs Juventus Preview: How to Watch on TV, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

Napoli and Juventus will meet in Rome on Wednesday night in the highly anticipated Coppa Italia final after the two teams qualified for the showpiece last week. Juventus, who crept through on away goals after a goalless draw against Milan on Saturday, were denied in last year's final by Lazio. Ronaldo misses a penality- Coppa Italia: Semi-Final Second Leg Napoli haven't tasted Coppa Italia success since 2014. The Partenopei's 1-1 draw on Sunday night with Inter was enough to see them progress through on aggregate, giving manager Gennaro Gattuso his first shot at silverware as a head coach. When Is Kick Off? Wednesday 17 June What Time Is Kick Off? 20:00 BST Where Is it Played? Stadio Olimpico, Rome TV Channel/Live Stream? BT Sport (UK) Gonazalo Higuain was

Napoli 1-1 Inter (Agg 2-1): Reaction as Record-Breaker Mertens Sends Partenopei to Cup Final

Napoli 1-1 Inter (Agg 2-1): Report, Ratings & Reaction as Record-Breaker Mertens Sends Partenopei to Cup Final

Napoli fought back to earn their place in the Coppa Italia final on Saturday evening, holding title challengers Inter to a 1-1 draw, and sneaking through by two goals to one on aggregate. Inter took the lead in bizarre fashion inside two minutes, when Christian Eriksen's in-swinging corner evaded everyone - including goalkeeper David Opsina - to creep over the line and draw I Nerazzurri level on aggregate. ? | 3' - GOOOAAAALLLLL!@ChrisEriksen8's corner ends up straight in the net! ? That'll do for starters! ???#NapoliInter 0⃣-1⃣ (1-1)#FORZAINTER #CoppaItalia ? — Inter (@Inter_en) June 13, 2020 The visitors had the better of the first half, and Ospina was forced to redeem himself with some smart saves to deny Romelu Lukaku and Antonio Candreva during

Juventus Must Learn Crucial Lessons From Coppa Italia Draw Ahead of Title Run-In

Sister: 'Ronaldo can't do it all himself'

Finally, the wait is over. On Friday evening, calcio made its hotly-anticipated return, with more than eight million households in Italy tuning in to welcome back the beautiful game. Two hours later, most of them probably wished they hadn't bothered. Juventus and Milan served up a pain-staking 0-0 draw in Turin, which was enough for the Old Lady to step into the competition's final. In reality, it was more of a trip and a fall head-first over the line, rather than a confident stride. FT: Juventus 0-0 AC Milan. Well that was... hard to watch for 90 minutes. — ??? ???? ? (@TheEuropeanLad) June 12, 2020 The overriding feeling at the final whistle was relief. Relief that football was finally back on our screens,

Wigan’s 2013 FA Cup winning heroes: Where are they now?

The magic of the FA Cup has been eroded over the past 20 years or so, with the competition where dreams were made and anything could happen suddenly considerably less meaningful and mind-numbingly predictable.When relegation threatened Wigan Athletic came up against the might of Manchester City in the 2013 final, it should have been a formality.But Roberto Martinez's plucky underdogs sealed a famous 1-0 victory thanks to substitute Ben Watson's header on the stroke of full time.The Latics were actually relegated from the Premier League three days later and beloved boss Roberto Martinez departed for Everton that summer. So eight years on from that wonderful Wembley underdog story, where are Wigan's FA Cup heroes today?FBL-ENG-FACUP-MAN CITY-WIGAN | ANDREW YATES/Getty ImagesRobles

Twitter Reacts as Odion Ighalo Nets Brace to Ruin Wayne Rooney’s Man Utd Reunion

Odion Ighalo Nets Brace to Ruin Wayne Rooney's Man Utd

​What?! Wayne Rooney's Derby County took on Manchester United this evening. Someone should have mentioned it! What's that? They did? Oh yes, now I remember. I think I saw something on Twitter about it. Silly me. Yes, that's right, United's all time top scorer faced his former club this evening and it could not have gone worse. Derby fell to a 3-0 defeat, with a brace from Odion Ighalo and a bizarre goal from Luke Shaw earning the Red Devils an FA Cup sixth round meeting with Tottenham-slayers Norwich later this month. Before all that went down though, United's announcement of their starting line up attracted a smattering of outrage. As usual, the supporters' principal grip was the continued absence of Angel Gomes,

Aston Villa vs Manchester City: The Journey to the 2020 Carabao Cup Final

Journey to the 2020 Carabao Cup Final

Aston Villa and Manchester City meet at Wembley in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday in a contest to decide the first major domestic silverware of the 2019/20 season. City have recently dominated this competition by lifting the cup in four of the last six years, while this also remains the last trophy that Villa won way back in 1995/96. For Villa manager Dean Smith it is a chance to lead out his boyhood team in a Wembley final, while City counterpart Pep Guardiola could win his sixth major trophy in England. Ahead of the game, which you can watch on Sky Sports on Sunday afternoon at 16:30 GMT, here’s a look back through the round at how both clubs have reached the final… Early

Chelsea beats Tottenham on penalties to reach cup final

Chelsea beats Tottenham

Chelsea responded to the recent criticism from manager Maurizio Sarri by beating Tottenham on penalty kicks Thursday to advance to an English League Cup final meeting with Manchester City. David Luiz scored the decisive penalty to give Chelsea at 4-2 shootout win after the team's 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge left the teams level 2-2 on aggregate. "I think the last three, four matches we had a problem," said Sarri, whose side lost to Arsenal last weekend in the Premier League. "The problem was the motivation. The other problem was the players stopped to have fun on the pitch. "Now, with the performance, with the result, we can find again enthusiasm. So it's very important." Tottenham, which had been seeking a first trophy since

Carabao Cup 2018-19, Tottenham 1-0 Chelsea: 5 Talking Points


Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham Hotspur pipped Chelsea by 1-0 to register their third consecutive victory against the West Londoners - the first time they have done so since September 1963. A controversial penalty from Harry Kane in the 26th minute turned out to be the difference between the two sides, who meet again on 22 January at Stamford Bridge to battle it out for the final spot. Remember, the away goal rule doesn't stand here. The Blues were fairly dominant for larger parts of the game, having registered around 17 shots on opposition goal. The hosts did have their chances as well, but a slice of fortune and the lack of a killer's instinct from Chelsea spared their blushes. While one could blame the VAR decision, they can

Tottenham 1-0 Chelsea: 3 reasons why Chelsea lost the first leg of the semi-final | Carabao Cup 2018-19


Harry Kane’s 26th-minute penalty gave Spurs a win and a slender advantage when they go to Stamford Bridge for the 2nd leg of the semi-final. Both teams had chances to win the match, but failed to score from open play. Both managers had put out strong teams, as both are eagerly in search of trophies. Chelsea came close twice in the first half when a Kante flick hit the woodwork, and a deflected effort from Hudson-Odoi was turned towards the post by Gazzaniga. Chelsea played with the hand brake on as they wanted to keep the tie alive going into the 2nd leg. They must think they have a great opportunity to win the fixture at Stamford Bridge. Here are three reasons why