Manchester City’s road to the Carabao Cup final 2020
Manchester City is the defending Carabao Cup champion. They won this exciting cup tournament in 2018 (3-0 against Arsenal) and 2019 (after penalties against Chelsea). This time they will face Aston Villa in the final on Sunday the 1st of March. In this post we’re looking at their road to the final.
Carabao Cup third round
Every team that plays European joins the Carabao Cup in the third round. Manchester City started their road to the 2020 Carabao Cup final with an away match against Preston North End. Goals by Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and an own led, gave City a 0-3 lead at half-time. They took their foot of the gas in the second half and the 0-3 score remained for the rest of the match.
Round of 16
In the round of 16, City faced Southampton. The Saints came on the back of a 0-9 defeat at home against Leicester City and everybody expected big numbers from Man City. It was Argentinian defender Nicolas Otamendi who opened the score. Sergio Aguero lifted the score to 3-0, when Jack Stephens scored one back for Southampton. 3-1 was the final score, bringing Man City into the quarter finals of the EFL Cup.
League One team Oxford United was Man City’s opponent in the quarter finals. This match was played at The Kassam Stadium and Cancelo opened the score after 20 minutes. Matty Taylor levelled proceedings for the League One side just after the break. Raheem Sterling decided this match in City’s favour with two goals.
The Carabao Cup semi-final is always a tie with a home and away match. This time it was a Manchester derby semi-final, which started at Old Trafford. The Cityzens basically decided this tie in the first of four halves. Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez both scored in the first half at Old Trafford, an own goal by Andreas Peirera gave Man City a 0-3 lead. Marcus Rashford did something back in the second half, leaving Man United somewhat of a chance on reaching the final. Nemanja Matic scored the opener in the second leg, giving his team even more hope, but Man City’s domination was too strong, giving the Cityzens another ticket to the final.