Manchester City‘s hope for an illustrious quadruple or to repeat their domestic treble have hit an early break with their elimination from the Carabao Cup. The Cityzens were ruthless in England’s secondary cup competition by winning the last four editions on the trot.
The defending champions came short against West Ham on penalties at the London Stadium and failed to make it to the quarter-finals of the competition. The contest headed into penalties following a 0-0 scoreline after the regulation 90 minutes.
The visitors bossed the proceedings with around two-thirds of the possession and 25 attempts to score but lacked the finishing touch.
All of West Ham’s players converted from the spot while Foden’s sole miss proved to be the difference-maker in the end. The Hammers have knocked out both Manchester sides off consecutive rounds to enter the quarterfinals alongside their London rivals Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, and Brentford along with Liverpool, Sunderland, and Leicester.
Manchester City’s sensational run comes to an end
Manchester City were last eliminated from the competition in the 2016-17 season, which was Pep Guardiola’s first season in charge of the club. They were eliminated by their rivals Manchester United following a sole goal by Juan Mata.
Since then, they have managed to win the trophy four times in succession with wins over Arsenal, Chelsea, Aston Villa and, Tottenham in the finals.
Despite the elimination, the Spanish manager was proud of how his team played and affirmed that they will be back next year for the title. Guardiola said:
“We finished in a good way. We played in a really good way, creating chances against a team who defended deep. On penalties, they were better. Congratulations to West Ham. Next year we will be back.”
The draw for the Carabao Cup quarter-finals will take place on October 30. The quarter-finals are slated to be played from December 20. The semi-finals of the competition will be a two-legged affair and the iconic Wembley Stadium will stage the final next year in February.