Manchester City are reportedly pushing for a change in the Carabao Cup rules which would see five substitutes allowed in the remainder of the competition.
Pep Guardiola’s side have dominated the competition in recent years, winning it for the last four seasons and six times out of the last eight.
The publication says the push is understood to come from Guardiola himself – although it is thought to have little chance of success.
The report says City have lobbied the other 15 teams still in the competition and have contacted the EFL to make the request.
Last season the number of allowed subs was increased for the semi-finals and final, but league insiders say there is not likely to be a repeat of that.
There is said to be support from some clubs, but there is also a feeling that a rule change would benefit those with deeper squads, and could anger teams who have been knocked out of the competition.
A rule change would bring the Carabao Cup in line with the Champions League, in which five substitutions are allowed, plus a sixth in extra time.
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City’s Carabao Cup success last season took them to a joint record eight wins, the same number as Liverpool, who also into the last 16 and face a trip to Preston on October 27.
Guardiola’s side play West Ham the same day, but before that they will look to build on their recent form in the Premier League and Champions League after a huge week against their biggest rivals.
City twice came back from behind to draw 2-2 with title rivals Liverpool in Sunday’s thriller at Anfield.
That came after they dominated against Paris Saint-Germain but couldn’t take their chances in a 2-0 defeat, which followed a superb 1-0 win over Chelsea.
Guardiola claimed before the Liverpool game he was “happier than ever” with City’s form, saying: “The way we played the last two games makes me so satisfied with what we have done.”