Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden and Ferran Torres were on target as Manchester City came from behind to thump Wycombe Wanderers.
Manchester City’s much-changed side negotiated their way into the EFL Cup fourth round with a 6-1 win over Wycombe Wanderers.
League One Wycombe Wanderers gave City a fright by taking the lead after 22 minutes but this ended as expected, with progression for the competition’s perennial victors.
Manchester City, though, were out of sight by the break. Their senior attackers had been wasteful and so Foden – playing in a deeper midfield role – took matters into his own hands, bouncing away from three markers and slicing Wycombe open. Kevin De Bruyne accepted the gift and would not miss, cutting in and guiding into the far corner.
More followed. The talk earlier in the day was that Wilson-Esbrand had the most significant audition given City’s left back situation and the assist will have done him no harm, laying on for Mahrez.
Foden had his goal just before half-time. He gathered possession 25 yards out, looked up and fancied it, pummelling a ferocious strike through David Stockdale.
Guardiola will be encouraged at CJ Egan-Riley’s positional awareness from right back, tucking into midfield, and also one particular tactical foul by Lavia.
Ferran Torres tapped home a fourth midway through the second half – De Bruyne and Foden the architects – and Mahrez added his second before Palmer’s brilliance. Before then, there was even the introduction of James McAtee, an exciting midfielder, who is much talked about in these parts.
In another match, Takumi Minamino scored twice as Liverpool swept through to the fourth round of the EFL Cup with a resounding win at Norwich.
Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino delivered for Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool heaped on more misery for Norwich City by powering to a 3-0 win at Carrow Road in the EFL Cup.