Tag Archives: Carabao Cup

Phil Foden shows he is on course to replace David Silva at Manchester City | Football

Phil Foden is hugged by Pep Guardiola after the Englishman’s man-of-the-match performance at Wembley.

How does anyone lay claim to succeeding a man they call Merlin? Phil Foden had the answer on Sunday. By sprinkling his magic across Wembley to inspire Manchester City to victory in the Carabao Cup final against Aston Villa. The 19-year-old has long been considered as the heir apparent to …

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Aston Villa can take heart from Wembley but face race against time | Football

Mbwana Samatta scored an excellent header against Manchester City to give Villa hope in the Carabao Cup final.

A good video editor could really mess with Aston Villa’s minds after Sunday’s Carabao Cup final. On one hand they could show the two goals Manchester City scored with the aid of slovenly defending and slack officiating, thus intimating that Villa are likely to continue to fall short this season …

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Aston Villa take seat at top table but leave with worry they’ll never belong | Jonathan Liew | Football

Marvelous Nakamba leaves his mark on Sergio Agüero with a tackle that earned the Villa defender a yellow card.

The pivotal scene in the wonderful Oscar‑winning film Parasite comes about halfway through, with the impoverished Kim family gathered in the living room of a luxurious mansion they do not own, glugging expensive whisky they have not bought, enjoying a life that is not theirs. Through various nefarious schemes they …

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Virtuoso cup final display suggests future is Phil Foden-coloured | Barney Ronay | Football

You can take our freedom. But you’ll never take our largely routine domestic cup victories! On a fun, occasionally full‑throated afternoon at Wembley Manchester City extended their hugely impressive winning run to six of the past seven domestic trophies. At times City seemed to doze a little at the wheel. …

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Manchester City sink Aston Villa to win third successive Carabao Cup | Football

Rodri scores the second and eventually decisive goal.

Manchester City had no time for the romance of Aston Villa’s Carabao Cup final story. Pep Guardiola and his players deal only in the hard currency of domestic silverware and they extended their grip on it via a performance of near suffocating control. It was important to add the qualification. …

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Kevin De Bruyne at the heart of new era emerging at Manchester City | Football

Welcome to Kevin De Bruyne’s Manchester City. This was the deafening message sent by the Belgian in a midweek dismantling of Real Madrid that will have Aston Villa wondering how to shackle him when he tries to drive City to a third successive Carabao Cup on Sunday. Operating as a …

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Indispensable Jack Grealish offers hope for Villa against City machine | Jonathan Liew | Football

Jack Grealish

This week the last man to lead Aston Villa to major silverware met the man who hopes to be the next. These days Andy Townsend is better known as a pundit and broadcaster, but when he sat down with Jack Grealish, it was he who ended up fielding the questions. …

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Mbwana Samatta: ‘I wanted to play like Drogba, now I watch videos of Harry Kane’ | Football

Mbwana Samatta made his Aston Villa debut in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Leicester which Villa won 2-1 to reach Wembley.

Mbwana Samatta is the son of a policeman but pays little attention to the law of probability. Good thing, too, otherwise the player who grew up kicking rolled-up plastic bags around the streets of Dar es Salaam would not be preparing to lead the line for Aston Villa at Wembley. …

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Guardiola has Paisley record in his sights as City seek League Cup treble | Football

Manchester City’s long-term vision for Europe may be under threat and Liverpool’s lead at the top of the Premier League all but unassailable, yet Pep Guardiola could still write himself into the history books on Sunday if he becomes the first manager since Bob Paisley to win three successive League …

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Premier League and Carabao Cup: 10 things to look out for this weekend | Football

Aston Villa’s last trip to Wembley, for last season’s Championship play-off final, turned out Ok for Dean Smith.

1) Vardy’s goal drought under scrutiny Since he scored 14 goals in 12 league games between late September and 21 December, in which he failed to find the net in only two matches (one of them against Norwich), someone has turned off Jamie Vardy’s scoring tap. In that free-scoring period …

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