EFL Defends Ball After Heavy Guardiola Criticism

The EFL and Mitre have defended the ball used in the Carabao League Cup after criticism from Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola. Guardiola said it was "impossible" to score after his side's fourth-round win over Championship leaders Wolves on penalties on Tuesday.

EFL Release Statement After Guardiola's League Cup Ball Criticism




"The entertainment provided across last night's ties would suggest that the ball is not having a negative impact," read an EFL statement. Sergio Aguero, who is one goal away from becoming City's all-time leading scorer, missed several chances from open play.

The EFL statement continued: "The Mitre ball used in this season's Carabao Cup is of exactly the same technical specification as the balls used in the Sky Bet EFL and Checkatrade Trophy, all of which are tested in accordance with the FIFA Quality Programme for Footballs and meet the FIFA Quality Pro standard.

"We will look to engage with Mr Guardiola and Manchester City to fully understand any concerns in advance of their round five tie."

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