Pep Guardiola has won his bet. The Manchester City coach had deeply renewed his starting XI on Tuesday evening, on the occasion of the reception of Wycombe, a third division club, as part of the third round of the League Cup.
The Catalan had indeed started in defense four 18-year-old players: Finley Burns, Conrad Jonathan Egan-Riley, Luke Mbete-Tabu and Josh Wilson-Esbrand. And in the middle, he did not hesitate to launch the young Belgian Roméo Lavia (17 years old). This did not prevent the Citizens from winning widely (6-1), thanks in particular to a double from Riyad Mahrez and a last goal from English midfielder Cole Palmer (19), who entered during the match. at the same time, Liverpool won (0-3) on the lawn of Norwich, the red lantern of the Premier League. Here again, the Reds played with a formation far from the eleven type, which allowed Takumi Minamino to play his first minutes of the season and to register two goals. Note that the French Ibrahima Konaté, who had already taken part in the success against Crystal Palace on Saturday (3-0), followed with this meeting a second tenure.
In the other meetings, Everton lost on the lawn of Queens Park Rangers, a Championship club (2-2, 8-7 on penalties), just like Watford, at home, also against a formation of second division, Stoke (1-3). Finally, among the other Premier League formations, Brentford beat Oldham Athletic (7-0), Burnley defeated Rochdale (4-1), Southampton won at Sheffield United (2-2, 2-3 at tabs), and Leeds at Fulham (0-0, 5-6 at tabs).