1 - City must stop playing extra time
Of the three League Cup games Manchester City have played so far, they have drawn two of them. This is in stark contrast to their league form and while it is largely due to a much different team playing, the added minutes of extra time will do City no favors in the long run. The League Cup now becomes a two-legged affair but City will want to ensure FA Cup matches are decided in 90 minutes as additional periods and/or replays will only make for more tired legs at the end of the season.
2 - League Cup success can provide a boost in all other competitions
City are now just three games away from silverware and what breeds more confidence than a 16-game winning run in the league? Silverware. Pep Guardiola’s side now have a chance at an early title and that can provide a lift for team morale when we arrive at the business end of the season. With just three games remaining, City must now fancy their chances.
3 - The ABBA penalty system can be brutal
Designed to minimise advantage for either side, the new ABBA system throws up its own challenges. Spare a thought for Riyad Mahrez. Having just seen Jamie Vardy miss his penalty, Mahrez had no time to regain his composure and was instantly called upon to score a decisive penalty. He missed and now his team is out. We can certainly be thankful that it wasn’t a City player in that situation.