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City extend our remarkable Carabao Cup record

City extend our remarkable Carabao Cup record
Sunday's fine Carabao Cup final triumph over Tottenham Hotspur saw City further extend our remarkable run of success in the competition.

The 1-0 victory over Spurs, sealed by Aymeric Laporte's 82nd minute header, saw us create history by clinching the trophy for a record-equalling eighth time

And our latest success at Wembley also saw us become only the second side in English history to triumph in four successive League Cup finals.

What was our sixth success in eight years, meant we drew level with Liverpool for the most wins in the competition’s history.

This latest triumph also saw Pep Guardiola become the first manager in history to win four League Cups in a row (2018-2021).

It also served to further reinforce City's incredible consistency and excellence in the competition.

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Since a young City side last exited the competition – at the hands of Manchester United in a 1-0 fourth-round encounter in October 2016 during the early part of Guardiola’s first season in charge - the Club have become a by-word for Carabao Cup success.

In the ensuing four and a half years since that 1-0 Old Trafford loss – a run that currently stands at 1,643 days and counting to be precise – the Club have gone from strength to strength in the competition.

Our success in lifting the 2018 Carabao Cup via a 3-0 win over Arsenal not only precipitated a period of sustained League Cup dominance but also served as the springboard for a haul of silverware unparalleled in the Club’s history.

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That 2017/18 triumph was followed later that season by City going on to lift the Premier League and become the first English side to amass 100 points in the process.

The following campaign saw City retain the Carabao Cup, by virtue of an absorbing penalty shoot-out win over Chelsea, in the midst of an unforgettable season that saw us became the first side in history to win all four major English honours.

And that Carabao Cup success story continued uninterrupted last term, with City lifting the famous trophy for a third successive season after an absorbing 2-1 win over Aston Villa at Wembley in March of 2020.

That tale of sustained League Cup excellence has continued apace so far this term.

Our trail to this season’s semi-final saw us record a 2-1 third round win over Bournemouth at the Etihad before we then secured a dominant 3-0 triumph away at Burnley in a fourth-round encounter.

The, just before Christmas, we booked our semi-final ticket with a hugely impressive 4-1 quarter-final success away to Arsenal.

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For the second season running, City then secured a semi-final victory at Old Trafford, January's emotive 2-0 win at United coming just 24 hours after the sad passing of club legend Colin Bell with boss Guardiola and his squad dedicating the win to King Colin's memory.

And our 2020/21 campaign was crowned in winning style on Sunday and, fittingly, 2,000 of our supporters were there to cheer us on as part of an 8,000 strong attendance in the first steps towards hopefully the permanent return of fans.

The facts and figures of our Carabao Cup exploits make for some impressive reading.

In total, we’ve won 22 out of 23 games in the competition since September 2017, albeit four of them on penalties after those matches finished in a draw, the only setback being a 1-0 loss to United in last season’s semi-final second leg.

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Along the way, we’ve scored 53 goals in the process, conceding just 13.

The Carabao Cup has also provided the platform for a succession of exciting young players to receive their inaugural taste of first team football.

In total, 45 players have figured for the Club in that long unbeaten run – with the competition offering debuts for Oleks Zinchenko, Eric Garcia, Taylor Harwood-Bellis and Tommy Doyle to name but a few.

This season has seen Liam Delap and Cole Palmer become the latest products off our Academy production line to make the step up to senior football via the Carabao Cup with 17-year-old Delap memorably netting on his debut in that win over Bournemouth.

And given the prodigious talent both in the first team and Academy squads, there's no doubt City wil once again the team to beat when the Carabao Cup resumes next season!

PLAYERS USED IN CARABAO CUP RUN:

Claudio Bravo; Danilo; John Stones; Eliaquim Mangala; Fabian Delph; Bernardo Silva; Yaya Toure, Ilkay Gundogan; Raheem Sterling; Gabriel Jesus; Leroy Sane; Fernandinho

Kyle Walker; Tosin Adarabioyo, Oleks Zinchenko; Sergio Aguero; Kevin De Bruyne; Phil Foden; Brahim Diaz; Lukas Nmecha; Tom Dele-Bashiru

Nicolas Otamendi; David Silva; Vincent Kompany; Aro Muric; Riyad Mahrez; Adrian Bernabe; Claudio Gomes, Eric Garcia; Philippe Sandler; Ian Poveda; Benjamin Mendy

Felix Nmecha; Ederson; Aymeric Laporte, Angelino; Taylor Harwood-Bellis; Joao Cancelo; Tommy Doyle, Cole Palmer, Liam Delap, Zack Steffen, Nathan Ake, Ferran Torres, Ruben Dias

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RESULTS SINCE LAST KO IN 2016:

2017-18

Third Round: West Brom 1-2 City

Fourth Round: City 0-0 Wolves (won 4-1 on pens)

Quarter-final: Leicester 1-1 City (won 3-4 on pens)

Semi-final first leg: City 2-1 Bristol City

Semi-final second leg: Bristol City 2-3 City

Final: Arsenal 0-3 City

2018-19

Third Round: Oxford 0-3 City

Fourth Round: City 2-0 Fulham

Quarter-final: Leicester 1-1 City (won 1-3 on pens)

Semi-final first leg: City 9-0 Burton Albion

Semi-final second leg: Burton Albion 0-1 City

Final: Chelsea 0-0 City (won 3-4 on pens)

2019-20

Third Round: Preston 0-3 City

Fourth Round: City 3-1 Southampton

Fifth Round: Oxford 1-3 City

Semi-final first leg: Man United 1-3 City

Semi-final second leg: City 0-1 United

Final: City 2-1 Aston Villa

2020-21

Third Round: City 2-1 Bournemouth

Fourth Round: Burnley 0-3 City

Fifth Round: Arsenal 1-4 City

Semi-final: Man United 0-2 City

Final: City 1-0 Tottenham

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