Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola unhappy with ball after Carabao Cup win over Wolves

Manchester City's Bernardo Silva (left) and Wolves' Ben Marshall battle for the ball during the Carabao Cup, Fourth Round match at the Etihad
Image: Manchester City's Bernardo Silva (left) and Wolves' Ben Marshall battle for the ball on Tuesday night

Pep Guardiola laid into the match ball after watching his Manchester City side beat Wolves on penalties in the Carabao Cup, saying it would have been a "miracle" for Sergio Aguero to have broken his scoring record with it.

Tuesday night's clash between the clubs top of the Premier League and Sky Bet Championship was an entertaining - if scoreless - affair, with Claudio Bravo required to be at his best to deny Nuno Espirito Santos' side from snatching a shock win.

The Chile goalkeeper again came to the rescue in the shoot-out at the Etihad Stadium, denying Alfred N'Diaye and Conor Coady as City won 4-1 on penalties after a scoreless 120 minutes.

Watch highlights of City's Carabao Cup fourth-round fixture against Wolves at the Etihad

Guardiola was satisfied to be in the quarter-finals but was not best pleased with the English Football League's Mitre Delta match ball.

"The ball is not acceptable to play with... at that level," the City boss said.

Manchester City's Bernardo Silva (left) and Wolves' Ben Marshall battle for the ball during the Carabao Cup, Fourth Round match at the Etihad
Image: Manchester City's Bernardo Silva (left) and Wolves' Ben Marshall battle for the ball on Tuesday night

"We play with a different ball. It's not Nike, Adidas I don't know, it's a different brand. It's unacceptable to play with the ball.

"That ball is not a serious ball for a professional game. I say that because we won, eh? If I don't win, I don't say that because after that it's excuses. As I won, I can tell you: it is not acceptable to play.

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"If it's for the marketing, for the money, for many reasons, it's okay but it's not acceptable to play with that ball. No weight, nothing.

"(We get the balls for) one day or two days, but the ball is bad two days, one month, one year, two years. It's bad, it's bad. The ball is unacceptable for the high of level of the competition.

"All the players complain. I assure you all of them say 'what is that?' Really. I am sorry Carabao Cup."

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Guardiola says the Mitre Delta ball made it "almost impossible" for Sergio Aguero to break City's long-standing scoring record on Tuesday, with Guardiola saying it would have been a "miracle" for him to score with it.

"Relax, guys, he's going to break the record," the City boss said of the player level on 177 goals with Eric Brook.

Mitre Delta matchball Carabao Cup
Image: The Mitre Delta is the match ball used in Carabao Cup ties

"If not the next game, it's another one. If not, another one. If not, another one. He has to be focused, play football and the situation is going to happen. It is not a record he has to break by scoring 50 more goals. It's one more goal."

While City will have to struggle with the Mitre ball in the quarter-finals and possibly beyond, Wolves have to use it in the Championship - a league they return to buoyed by a display that belied their nine changes.

Claudio Bravo shut out Wolves to help City make the Carabao Cup quarter-finals
Image: Bravo shut out Wolves to help City make the Carabao Cup quarter-finals

"It's our ball in both competitions, it just change the change the colour: in our competition it's blue, here it is green," boss Nuno said.

"We are more used to it. It was a very good game of football. We had clear one v ones against the goalie, but this comes from all the hard work that the boys did during the game.

"So it's a moment individually to grow. Each player must take this night to their advantage and knowing that when a chance comes again they have to be more effective."

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