Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is set to WIN his battle for more Carabao Cup subs as clubs write to the EFL in a bid to ramp up the number of changes to five for the remainder of this season’s competition
- Pep Guardiola played a key role in campaigning for more Carabao Cup subs
- Now it looks like his quest for five subs will be allowed for the rest of this season
- At City’s insistence, 13 of the 16 remaining teams have written letters to the EFL
- Clubs that have already gone out of the competition may frown
Pep Guardiola appears to have taken the win in his quest for five substitutions allowed in the remainder of the Carabao Cup.
if Sports post revealed earlier this month, the Manchester City boss played a key role in a campaign to increase the number of nodes for the rest of the competition.
At the time, insiders said the chances of success were limited.
Pep Guardiola looks likely to win his battle for five substitutions in the Carabao Cup
Guardiola takes the competition seriously and the EFL will likely continue its campaign
However, it is clear that City have now managed to gain support from 13 of the 16 clubs still in the tournament.
At City’s urging, they have now all written to the EFL to make their feelings clear and, while discussions are underway, it looks like Pep’s plan is getting the green light.
With pressure mounting, the EFL will speak to the two parties that do not support the city manager’s position to gauge their views.
But with such overwhelming support, their stance could well change ahead of the next round of games on October 26 and 27.
Guardiola is in a strong position. Unlike some top rivals, the Catalan – admittedly blessed with a large roster – is known for taking the League Cup seriously.
Guardiola would like to give some more fringe players a chance at playing time in the EFL Cup
People like Cole Palmer (pictured) have had enough minutes in the League Cup
City have won their last four in a row since his arrival and now have eight record victories.
Last year, in the midst of the Covid crisis, the EFL agreed to increase the number of subs allowed for the semi-finals and final, setting a precedent in the process.
Clubs that have already withdrawn from the competition may be furious as they were unable to make further changes.
And some believe that making the change would give those in the top flight an unfair advantage over clubs lower in the pecking order that remain in the league.
But with the vast majority in favour, the additions are now likely.
Guardiola speaks with James McAtee (left), another of Man City’s young talents