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Guardiola: Youngsters to feature in Carabao Cup

Guardiola: Youngsters to feature in Carabao Cup
Pep Guardiola says he will hand City’s youngsters another chance to shine in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup trip to West Ham United.

The holders travel to the London Stadium in Round Four, looking to continue our defence of the trophy and book our place in the quarter-finals.

The competition has provided a platform for our Academy players to showcase their talents over the years – evident in September’s victory over Wycombe Wanderers.

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Securing progression with a 6-1 win, City fielded six teenagers for their first-team debuts, while Cole Palmer grabbed his first senior goal for the Club, extending our proud record of affording youth a chance in the tournament.

Speaking after Saturday night’s 4-1 win at Brighton and Hove Albion, in which Academy graduate and lifelong City fan Phil Foden starred with two goals and an assist, Guardiola looked ahead to our clash with the Hammers.

Although Guardiola admitted he may field a more experienced line-up against Premier League opposition, he confirmed there will be some of our youngsters included.

“Some of them but less than against Wycombe because in that moment we had injured players,” he said.

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“We had different circumstances but yes, we will take a look in the next days.

“We play on Wednesday so we will see in training tomorrow and Tuesday and after we will see what is the best decision.

“Some of them are going to play, yes.”

City are chasing what would be an historic fifth consecutive Carabao Cup triumph.

Tuesday marks five years since we were last eliminated from the competition, having lost just once since in a two-legged semi-final tie we edged on aggregate against Manchester United.

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Guardiola spoke of his pride for our remarkable record but warned City have a tough ask to progress to the last eight.

“It’s good,” he added. “The League Cup is a tournament in this country and we have done quite well.

“We won it for the fourth time in a row and still we are there.

“We know which team we are going to face – West Ham away – so it is not an easy one.

“At the same time, we are going to prepare to try to win the game like we do any game in any competition.”

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