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Carabao Cup final: What you need to know for Manchester City vs. Chelsea

The first major trophy of the season is up for grabs Sunday when Manchester City face Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley.

City go into the game looking to defend the trophy they won against Arsenal last season and potentially set up the first leg of an unprecedented Quadruple (Premier League title, FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Champions League). Chelsea, struggling for form under Maurizio Sarri, will aim to avenge their 6-0 defeat against City at the Etihad earlier this month in a game that...

Premier League managers: Can you name the oldest and youngest to take charge of the 'Big Six'?

Jose Mourinho described former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger as of the 'best managers in football history' and admitted he enjoyed the challenge of facing his sides.

This weekend, the venerable Roy Hodgson will become the oldest manager to ever take charge of a Premier League match when he steps into the away dugout for Crystal Palace's trip to Leicester City.

Hodgson will be aged 71 years and 198 days come kick-off on Saturday, thus making him one day older than previous record-holder Sir Bobby Robson was when he took charge of Newcastle United against Aston Villa in 2004 (before being sacked two days later).

By a quirk of fate, Palace also boast the Premier...

N'Golo Kante brilliant in midfield, Callum Hudson-Odoi stars as Chelsea cruise past Malmo

Manchester City's quest for the quadruple continues on Sunday at Wembley as Pep Guardiola's side take on Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final.
Maurizio Sarri reveals why he prefers Jorginho in the defensive midfield role N'golo Kante often plays.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley says Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri looks over matched in the Premier League, after yet another lackluster performance from the club.

LONDON -- Chelsea eased through to the Europa League round of 16 with a 3-0 victory over 10-man Malmo, with Olivier Giroud, Ross Barkley and Callum Hudson-Odoi scoring. The win was a welcome one, but Maurizio Sarri remains under significant pressure heading into the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City on Sunday.

Positives

Chelsea are into the Europa League round of 16 and Sarri got a response of sorts from his players after the Manchester United defeat -- albeit after an underwhelming first...

Sarri's Chelsea future depends on mercy of Abramovich after FA Cup exit

Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera secured Man United's place in the FA Cup quarterfinals as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side knocked out 2018 winners Chelsea.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley says Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri looks over matched in the Premier League, after yet another lackluster performance from the club.

LONDON -- It is a long way back now for Maurizio Sarri as Chelsea manager. The players appear to have stopped listening a while ago, but now that the supporters have lost patience with him, this chastening FA Cup defeat against Manchester United could be the final straw.

A manager can limp on for only so long when the players aren't winning games for him, especially at a club like Chelsea.

But when the supporters vent their fury -- the Chelsea fans chanted "F--- Sarri-ball" and "You don't...

Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho overrun in midfield as listless Chelsea dumped from the FA Cup

Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera secured Man United's place in the FA Cup quarterfinals as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side knocked out 2018 winners Chelsea.

Goals from Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba helped Manchester United avenge last season's FA Cup final defeat by dumping Chelsea out of the competition in the fifth round, winning by a score of 2-0 on another torrid night for Maurizio Sarri.

Positives

Chelsea still have the Carabao Cup final to look forward to next week ... against the Manchester City team that put six goals past them without reply a week ago.

Negatives

Chelsea's defending in the middle third of the pitch was woeful, allowing...

LIVE Transfer Talk: Zidane demands Hazard contract, £200m war chest to take over at Chelsea

ESPN's Craig Burley addresses the pressure on Maurizio Sarri and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ahead of their FA Cup 5th round tie on Monday, live on ESPN+ at 2:30 PM ET.
Gab Marcotti explains the latest on Mauro Icardi's strained relationship with Inter, and dives into why some clubs might be hesitant to bring on the 25-year-old striker.

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is closed, but click here for all the deals and keep track of who has joined the big boys. And Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer.

TOP STORY: Zidane hands Chelsea list of demands

The stakes in Monday's FA Cup showdown with Manchester United just got a little higher for Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri.

The Sun reports that Zinedine Zidane has indicated he is willing...