The Manchester City fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping their side can avoid becoming the fifth victim of Bristol City’s giant-killing run at Ashton Gate this evening.
Bristol City’s run to the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup has been one of the success stories of the campaign so far, as they have knocked out Watford, Stoke City, Crystal Palace and current-holders Manchester United on their way to the penultimate round of the competition.
Lee Johnson’s side put in a terrific display at The Etihad Stadium during their first-leg encounter against the Premier League leaders, but Sergio Aguero’s late strike ensured that The Robins will need to overturn a 2-1 deficit on Tuesday evening if they wish to secure a place at Wembley.
If Bristol City can produce a performance of a similar quality to what they produced first-time round then they will have a fantastic opportunity to pull off their biggest upset of the competition to date.
In the aftermath of proceedings at The Etihad two weeks ago, Pep Guardiola expressed his admiration for the way in which the promotion-chasing side performed, and apparently, he was so impressed with their philosophy that he now wishes to send his youth players on loan to the club according to The Daily Mirror.
City’s current preference is to send their youth players to Girona who currently have 4 City players aged 20 or under on their books.
However, Guardiola would be wise to explore the possibility of coming to an agreement with a Championship club as this will give the likes of Phil Foden and Brahim Diaz a much better opportunity to develop and become accustomed to the demands of English football.
The style and intensity of play in La Liga is vastly different to that of the Premier League, but The Championship offers a very similar environment for players to prepare themselves for the English top-flight.
If Guardiola has genuine ambitions of promoting Foden, Diaz, Adarabioyo, and many other City youngsters to the first-team in the years to come, then he must form an alliance with Bristol City and send his rising talents on loan to The Robins.