Pep Guardiola has questioned why English clubs are not able to use five substitutes in all competitions this season, like the rest of Europe. The Manchester City boss fielded a competitive mix of young talent and senior professionals in the Carabao Cup third-round demolition of Wycombe at the Etihad Stadium and he made it clear his selection was influenced by his inability to make five subs.
Earlier this season, Premier League clubs were handed the chance to vote as to whether the five-sub rule that was put into play in 2019/20 following Project Restart remained.
The majority voted against the move as the Premier League restored the normal regulations of three substitutions only.
Guardiola is incensed, claiming England should have taken note of the rest of Europe before coming to the decision.
“All around the world we have five subs, we have three. This is ridiculous,” he said after his side thrashed Wycombe 6-1.
The games continue to come thick and fast for both sides, who will also return to Champions League action next week before the two Premier League title challengers clash at Anfield on October 3.
City suffered an early scare tonight as Brandon Hanlan put League One side Wycombe in front.
Goals from Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez and the returning Phil Foden then put City in cruise control by half-time.
Ferran Torres, Mahrez and Cole Palmer added some further gloss to the scoreline in the second half to complete the rout.