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Manchester City: League Cup out: Gündogan hopes for “wake-up call at the right time”

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Coach Guadiola initially spared some stars in the League Cup. This backfires for Man City.

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After the 0:2 against FC Southampton and the end of the League Cup, Ilkay Gündogan hopes that Manchester City will at least learn a lesson.

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“If there’s one good thing we can take away from tonight’s game, it’s that hopefully it was a timely wake-up call,” said the international after the English champions’ unexpected defeat. “Although it is sad and disappointing to be eliminated from this cup competition, hopefully in a few weeks we can look back and take something good from this game.”

Sékou Mara (23rd minute) and Moussa Djenepo (28th) scored for the underdogs against a City team that initially started without their biggest stars. Coach Pep Guardiola only brought Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne after the half-time break. That was no longer enough for a turning point. “There is no room for mistakes or a poor performance like today,” said Gündogan, who was in the starting XI. Instead of regular goalkeeper Ederson, Stefan Ortega Moreno, who was signed by Arminia Bielefeld before the season, was allowed to play, as was the case last time in the 4-0 win against Chelsea in the FA Cup.

Before Southampton, Manchester United and Newcastle United had already reached the semi-finals of the League Cup. Nottingham Forest are also in the bottom four after beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-3 on penalties on Wednesday.

Source: Stern

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