Pep Guardiola vows to use academy players against Newcastle

Man City boss Pep Guardiola has revealed that the Carabao Cup is not a major priority for him this season.

In times past, Pep has taken all competitions seriously. However, this season the treble-winning boss has stated that he is not going to waste the energy of his first team players in the competition.

During a session with reporters this weekend, the Catalan said: “Some players who’ve had a lot of minutes are not going to play vs Newcastle.

“The Carabao Cup is great for all the guys who don’t play regularly. They can play some minutes and that’s perfect.

“But for the other players, I’m not going to waste one percent of energy for Carabao Cup. The likes of Kyle, Ruben playing 90 minutes for us, 90 minutes for the national teams, they are exhausted already.

“That’s why we are going to play with the guys who need it, the academy, maybe me – my back is getting better so might manage a few minutes!”