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'It's impossible to score with' - Guardiola blames match ball for Man City's performance

The Premier League leaders eventually progressed past Wolves in the Carabao Cup last night, but only after a penalty shootout.

 Guardiola was not happy.
Guardiola was not happy.
Image: Alex Livesey

MANCHESTER CITY MANAGER Pep Guardiola labelled the match ball used in the Carabao Cup “unacceptable” after his side reached the quarter-finals.

City, so dominant in the Premier League this season, were unable to find a breakthrough against Wolves last night — needing penalty shoot-out heroics from Claudio Bravo to progress after a 0-0 draw.

Guardiola was unhappy with the Mitre match ball, which is usually used in Football League matches.

“It is not acceptable,” the Spaniard said. “The ball was unacceptable for a high-level competition.

Manchester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Carabao Cup - Fourth Round - Etihad Stadium Sergio Aguero chips the ball in question down the middle to score the winning penalty. Source: Richard Sellers

“It is too light, it moves all over the place, it is not a good ball. It is impossible to score with a ball like that and I can say that because we won, I’m not making excuses.

All of my players said, ‘What is that?’ I’m sorry [but the] Carabao Cup is not a serious ball for a serious competition.

“It’s [for] marketing, money, okay but it’s not acceptable – [it has] no weight, nothing.”

Bravo made saves from Alfred N’Diaye and Conor Coady in the shoot-out, sealing a 4-1 win on penalties for City.

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