Typically for Manchester City, the early rounds of the Carabao Cup provides a fantastic opportunity for fans to see the best youth talent the club has to offer.
Recently, Pep Guardiola handed out debuts to six academy graduates in a 6-1 win over Wycombe Wanderers - James McAtee, Roméo Lavia, Josh Wilson-Esbrand, Luke Mbete, Conrad Egan-Riley and Finley Burns.
During the same game, two regular first-team academy graduates in Phil Foden and Cole Palmer, got on the scoresheet.
After the game, Pep Guardiola bemoaned the lack of substitutes in the competition, noting the English game have not followed suit with the rest of Europe.
"All around the world we have five subs, we have three. This is ridiculous," the Catalan said.
"This is why there are injuries. Every three days, game, without no preparation, no pre-season. Maybe one day, the big bosses will explain why?"
And it appears the club have gone one step further with these complaints.
According to Mike Keegan in the Daily Mail, Manchester City are trying to persuade the EFL to let clubs make five substitutions in this season’s Carabao Cup, and have lobbied the rest of the sides still in the competition.
The Mail's sources believe the request has little chance of success, with the move initially triggered by Manchester City's manager Pep Guardiola.
With his previous comments, there's no surprise Pep Guardiola is pushing for this change.
Such a hectic schedule brings huge demands on the Catalan's squad, and so the option to rotate properly in the early rounds of the Carabao Cup will be hugely beneficial.
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