Match review: West Bromwich Albion vs Man City
Manchester City managed a nervous 1-2 win at the Hawthorns over West Brom thanks to a Leroy Sane brace in this year’s Carabao Cup 3rd round last night. The English League cup, currently known as the Carabao Cup for sponsorship reasons, has already witnessed this year’s title favorites Liverpool being shown the exit door after Leicester hammered the Reds 2-0 at home.
Pep Guardiola made wholesale changes to the squad, an overwhelming eight changes since City drubbed the Hornets 0-6 away from home at the Vicarage Road. Pep opted for a back four consisting of Danilo at the right and Fabian Delph at the left back position with Mangala and Stones sharing central defensive roles and Claudio Bravo taking charge between the sticks. The return of Yaya Toure and Ilkay Gundogan to the starting line-up gave fans an idea of the depth of the city squad as Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva were rested. Pep opted for a single striker in the form of Gabriel Jesus helped by Sane and Raheem from the flanks as Kun Aguero was given a much needed break.
West Brom fielded a rather strong line-up against the Blues as they wanted to prove a point after a rather average start to the season. Welshman Hal Robson-Kanu and Jay Rodriguez both shared attacking responsibilities while City target Jonny Evans captained the home side. The Baggies are currently at 10th, managing two wins and two draws in the five matches they have played.
City scored early as Sane carefully steered home a saved Gundogan close ranged effort. City maintained momentum and had possession but could not score more before half time. The start of the second half saw Yacob’s challenge on Gundogan take a nasty blow forcing the German international to limp off the field after receiving treatment. Ilkay had recently returned from a 9-month injury spell against Watford last weekend.
However, West Brom seemed focused to equalise and their hard work paid off after Claudio Yacob scored via a corner at the 72nd minute, firing the ball through Bravo’s legs. There were quite a few nervous scoring opportunities for West Brom after the equaliser but City stayed put to return with a win. High pressing from the home side saw a beautiful counter-attack play from City as a Bernardo Silva pass was carefully manoeuvred by Sane and curled onto the back of the net at the 77th minute.
City now will face Wolves for the fourth round of the Carabao Cup scheduled to be held on the final week of October while West Brom meet Arsenal at the Emirates on the 26th of September in the Premier league. City’s league match coming weekend is against Crystal Palace at the Etihad.