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09 January, 2018, 02:09 | Author: Glenda Knight
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Added to this is the somewhat freaky decision for the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) to be used only the Chelsea v Arsenal game and not over the two legs between Manchester City and Bristol City.

At the Etihad, Manchester City are just 1/8 (1.12) to get the better of their Championship visitors. albeit Bristol City did spring a huge shock in the quarter finals by dumping out City's local rivals at Ashton gate.

Even Arsenal and Chelsea, who meet in the other Carabao Cup semifinal, will take the competition seriously although all will consider they have European ambitions to challenge for as well as a battle for a top-four place.

"What he has done so far is incredible", said Guardiola.

"If it doesn't happen, we are going to move forward with the players we have".

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"David is a legend for the club and for what he has done", said Pep.

Guardiola has rotated his squad for the League Cup, using a blend of youngsters and fringe players, and they have been taken to penalties in the last two rounds. "I am happy for him to have made his statement and it is not easy for him to travel to Spain and England back and forth".

John Stones has made tremendous strides under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City but it seems he is still prone to major defensive errors.

City controlled the tie from the first kick of the ball as IIkay Gundogan and Silva dominated the midfielder with the latter having a shot blocked from just outside the box 10 minutes into the game. "We made changes, we've got to protect the team at the minute with injuries, and once they're in front, it's hard", he added. Guardiola showed his killer instincts by sending for Kyle Walker and Kevin De Bruyne from the bench and City ensured there was no chance of a replay. He then set up recently-arrived Bernardo towards the end. "If we want to compete in all competitions, we need all the players and especially at the moment because we are still in all the competitions". I was quite sure we were going to have so many games coming up and always have the opportunity for me to play, to get minutes, to get a rhythm.

The Carabao Cup (League Cup to the rest of us) has already been one of the more freaky elements to the 2017/18 season, with draws taking place a ungodly times of the morning in the far east or in some cases not at all.

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