EFL Cup round up

Southampton produced one of the biggest shocks in the EFL Cup to knock out Manchester City by winning 2-0.

City manager Pep Guardiola admitted he had one eye on the game against resurgent neighbours Manchester United in the Premier League before the EFL Cup game. In preparation for the Manchester derby, Guardiola left out several first-team regulars and his side were caught cold on the night by a determined Saints.

Pep’s master plan failed, but take nothing away from Nathan Jones’ Saints, they were fully worth their value of being 2-0 up and defended admirably even when Man City brought on Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne.

Talk of Man City winning the quadruple will end for one more season, this result might be a blessing in disguise. The Cityzens are of course five points behind league leaders Arsenal.

Southampton’s reward for beating Manchester City is a semi-final with Newcastle, who swept aside fellow Premier League side 2-0. In the other semi-final, Manchester United will face Nottingham Forest, who beat Midland rivals Wolves 4-3 in a penalty shootout.

The two legs will be played in the weeks commencing 23 and 30 January

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