The Carabao Cup semi-finalists got to make FIVE submarines this week as the EFL tried to tackle the hectic schedule … and Pep Guardiola finally got his wish after failing to enforce the Premier League rules change
- Five substitutions are allowed during this week’s Carabao Cup semi-finals
- Pep Guardiola, the boss of Man City, has called for more submarines in the top division
- Guardriolas Stadt face Manchester United in the second semi-final on Wednesday
- Tottenham face their London neighbors Brentford in their last four games
The Carabao Cup semi-finalists can make five substitutions in their games this week, something that will please Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.
City face Manchester United in the final league cup clash on Wednesday. Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham will face Brentford, neighbors of London, on Tuesday.
In addition to making five substitutions in the game on Monday, the EFL also confirmed that the teams will be allowed to select nine players on their substitutes’ bench.
The semi-finalists of the Carabao Cup are allowed to use five substitutes in the last four games
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has called for additional substitutions in England
Under the five substitution rules currently in force in certain parts of European football, the four clubs have only three options for making substitutions, excluding half-time, full-time and half-time in overtime.
If either of the two semifinals goes into overtime, the teams will be given an additional opportunity to make a switch, but they cannot form more than five subs in the game.
Together with Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp, Guardiola has called for more substitutions than the regular three substitutions in the Premier League to protect the well-being of the players.
Both Liverpool and Manchester City have suffered serious injuries to key players such as Sergio Aguero and Virgil van Dijk since the start of the season, with game overload seen as the cause of the setbacks.
However, ten high-profile clubs voted against the additional substitution rule in December – the third time the issue has been voted on in the Premier League.
Guardiola’s City will face rivals Manchester United in the second semi-final on Wednesday
Jose Mourinhos (left) Tottenham face Thomas Franks (right) Brentford in the other semifinals
Five substitutions are allowed in the three divisions of the Football League, which means that Brentford can make as many changes in Tuesday’s semi-finals as there are in the championship.
The additional substitution rule will also be introduced for the Carabao Cup final, which will take place later than normal in April.
The final, which usually takes place in late February, has been postponed to give fans the best possible chance to take part in the Wembley spectacle.