'The Carabao Cup ball is worse than the Jabulani' claims Yaya Toure


Man City were held to a 0-0 draw by Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Round of 16 of Carabao Cup, and only made it through on penalties, after Claudio Bravo came out with two wonderful spot-kick saves.

Bravo has also been a penalty shootout hero for Chile in recent years with dramatic wins in the 2016 Copa America final against Argentina and in the 2017 Confederations Cup semifinal win over Portugal.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola went on a freaky rant after his side needed a penalty shootout to see off Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Carabao Cup.

The other five ties played last night brought 18 goals and in a statement, the EFL said: "The Mitre ball used in this..." It's not Nike, Adidas I don't know, it's a different brand. It's hard to play with these kind of balls, but we try to find a way'.

"As a British football brand, we're extremely proud of our long-standing history and partnership with EFL and the attractive game at all levels", a spokesperson said.

Guardiola started with Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, yet they were held to 0-0 after 120 minutes, but he refused to blame his players for the scoreline.

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"It is not acceptable, the ball was unacceptable for a high-level competition", he said, according to The Guardian. If I don't win, I don't say that because after that it's excuses. It's impossible to score with a ball like that, and I can say that because we won. No weight, nothing. (We get the balls for) one day or two days, but the ball is bad two days, one month, one year, two years.

The EFL have hit back at the City boss' claims and defended their balls.

"Clearly, preference is a subjective matter, but overall the entertainment provided across [Tuesday's] round-four ties would suggest that the ball used is not having a negative impact in the competition".

"The Mitre ball used in this season's Carabao Cup is of exactly the same technical specification as the balls used in the Sky Bet EFL and Checkatrade Trophy".

"That ball is not a serious ball for a professional game".

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