Reigning English Premier League champions Manchester City picked up their first major trophy of the season when they overcame Chelsea 4-3 on penalties, after a 0-0 draw, to lift the Carabao Cup at Wembley Stadium on Sunday night.
The Blues were expected to bounce back after successive defeats to both Manchester sides in a space of a week.
Maurizio’s troops were thrashed 6-0 by the blue side of Manchester in a league tie at the Etihad Stadium, and were then dumped out of the FA Cup by Manchester United with a 2-0 scoreline at Stamford Bridge.
It was not to be as Pep Guardiola rallied his charges past Sarri in the spot kicks.
Leroy Sane saw his effort saved but Ilkay Gundogan, Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva and finally Raheem Sterling all converted to see them defend their trophy for the second successive season.
UEFA Champions League Draw: Man City vs Tottenham, Liverpool play Porto…
The UEFA Champions League offered some mouthwatering quarter-final clashes following the draw at the UEFA Headquarters in Nyon on Friday.
With a new champion set to be crowned in May after holders Real Madrid were dumped out in the last 16 by an inspiring young Ajax Amsterdam outfit, this now sets out a real chance for at least six teams who have already tasted success at this level to once again add this prestigious trophy to their cabinets.
Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur have been pitted against each other in an all-English Champions League quarter-final.
Manchester United take on Spanish giants Barcelona, while Liverpool will square up against Portuguese champions Porto. Ajax and Juventus meet in the other tie.
United have been forced to play their first leg tie at Old Trafford because both they and City cannot play in Manchester on the same evening.
The winner of the City and Spurs tie will take on either Ajax or Juventus in the semi-final.
Winners from the United and Barca clash will then go on to face the team that progresses between Liverpool and Porto.
The first legs will be played on April 9 and 10, the second legs on April 16 and 17.
Real Madrid Confirm Zinedine Zidane Reappointemnt After Sacking Santiago Solari
Real Madrid have confirmed the appointment of former manager Zinedine Zidane following the sacking of Santiago Solari, with the French legend signing a contract until 2022.
Los Blancos decided to remove Solari as first-team coach following the club’s disastrous UEFA Champions League exit at the hands of Ajax Amsterdam last week.
Solari’s job came under serious threat following Real’s 4-1 loss at home to Ajax which was followed by back-to-back El Clasico defeats against Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu as they crashed out of the Copa Del Rey and fell 12 points behind their fierce rivals in La Liga.
Zidane’s first game back at the club will be at the Santiago Bernabeu against Celta Vigo on Saturday.
Stuart Baxter Announces Bafana Bafana Squad For Crunch Libya Clash
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter announced his 24-man squad for the crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tie against Libya on March 24.
South Africa are in second place behind group leaders Nigeria and need just a point to all but secure qualification for the continental showpiece set for Egypt later this year.
Darren Keet, Ronwen Williams, Bruce Bvuma
Thulani Hlatshwayo, Innocent Maela, Sifiso Hlanti, Daniel Cardoso, Rivaldo Coetzee, Aubrey Modiba, Buhle Mkwanazi, Thamsanqa Mkhize
Bongani Zungu, Hlompho Kekana, Themba Zwane, Tiyani Mabunda, Dean Furman, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Thulani Serero, Thembinkosi Lorch
Percy Tau, Lars Veldwijk, Lebogang Mothiba, Lebogang Maboe, Keagan Dolly
Baxter’s charges will leave for Tunisia on Saturday, 16 March, in order to acclimatise to the conditions before the crunch tie.