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Carabao Cup semi-finalists will be allowed to make FIVE substitutes during one-legged ties this week

Carabao Cup semi-finalists allowed to make FIVE subs this week as EFL try to combat hectic schedule… with Pep Guardiola finally getting his wish after failing to push through Premier League rule change

  • Five substitutions will be allowed during the Carabao Cup semi-finals this week 
  • Man City boss Pep Guardiola has been calling for more subs in the top-flight 
  • Guardriola’s City face Manchester United in Wednesday’s second semi-final
  • Tottenham take on London neighbours Brentford in the other last four clash 

The Carabao Cup semi-finalists will be able to make five substitutions in their matches this week in a move that will please Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.

City take on Manchester United in Wednesday’s last-four League Cup clash with Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham facing London neighbours Brentford in Tuesday’s other tie.

As well as being able to make five in-game substitutions, the EFL also confirmed on Monday that teams are allowed to select nine players on their substitutes’ bench. 

The Carabao Cup semi-finalists will be allowed to use five substitutes in their last-four clashes

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has been calling for additional substitutions in England

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has been calling for additional substitutions in England

As per the five substitution rules currently in place across certain parts of European football, the four clubs have just three opportunities to make substitutions excluding half-time, full-time and half-time in extra-time.

If either of the two semi-finals go to extra-time, then the teams will get an extra opportunity to make a substitution but cannot make more than five subs in the match. 

Along with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, Guardiola has been appealing for more substitutions than the regular three replacements in the Premier League in order to protect player welfare. 

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 fixture congestion deemed to be a reason for the setbacks.

However, ten top-flight 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 take on rivals Manchester United in the second semi-final on Wednesday

Guardiola’s City take on rivals Manchester United in the second semi-final on Wednesday

Jose Mourinho's Tottenham are also in Carabao Cup action against Championship side Brentford on Tuesday

Thomas Frank's Bees are playing in their first ever cup semi-final

Jose Mourinho’s (left) Tottenham face Thomas Frank’s (right) Brentford in the other semi-final

Five substitutions are allowed in the three Football League divisions, which means Brentford will be allowed the same amount of changes in Tuesday’s semi-final as they do in the Championship.  

The additional substitutions rule will be also be put in place for the Carabao Cup final, which will take place later than normal in April.

The final, which normally takes place at the end of February, was pushed back in order to give supporters the best possible chance of attending the Wembley spectacle.  


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