Some Manchester City fans have taken to Twitter to react to the starting XI fielded by Pep Guardiola against Wycombe Wanderers this afternoon.
Pep has the chance to rest some of his top players ahead of the trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea, the side they beat in the Champions League final back May.
It’s an opportunity that the Spaniard has taken advantage of, but in a way that only Pep Guardiola could, having fielded an entire back four and holding midfielder from the youth setup.
Here’s what he’s gone for…
Here’s how we line-up in the Carabao Cup! ?
XI | Steffen, Egan-Riley, Burns, Mbete, Wilson-Esbrand, Lavia, De Bruyne (C), Foden, Sterling, Torres, Mahrez
SUBS | Carson, Dias, Jesus, Bernardo, Cancelo, Palmer, McAtee
— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 21, 2021
Needless to say, it’s raised a few eyebrows. To play some of the best attacking talent on the planet alongside a bunch of teenagers is an experiment of a kind we don’t see often.
If anyone were to do it, you’d put your money on it being Pep – and he hasn’t disappointed.
Some fans are puzzled and surprised by the selection while others are thrilled. They’ve all taken to Twitter to share their views on the XI that’ll be taking on Wycombe Wanders tonight.
I’m starting to really dislike Peps decision making
— DD? (@MCFC_D7) September 21, 2021
This game is where shuld sterling belong, but i couldnt believe why our geniuss gaffer put de bruyne, torres, mahrez, even foden to play against the lower tier team.
— Irfan (@saleskambing) September 21, 2021
Attacking wise very strong! I don’t know anything about defense! ? ?
— Paul Johnston (@mothball69) September 21, 2021
So Pep rested Foden, KDB and Mahrez last game against Southampton just so that they can play against Wycombe in the Carabao cup pic.twitter.com/7OR1CdaI3C
— ??? (@NoisyKompany) September 21, 2021
Sheesh no first team player in our backline, bold decision by pep to say the least maybe these young guns will put on a defensive shift and suprise us all I just hope we win the game caraboa cup is our birth right ?
— Zain4tw (@ali_saainMCFC) September 21, 2021
Did Pep change his mind halfway through? Or did the Papa John’s Trophy team sheet get stuck in the photocopier?
— Football Realist (@FootieRealist) September 21, 2021
Hilarious lineup to look at. All academy defenders, then a champions league final-level attack. Should be a fun game to watch
— My Burner Account (@933burner) September 21, 2021