Manchester City began their quest for a fifth consecutive League Cup with a 6-1 thrashing of Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday, featuring Nigerian-born Adebayo Akinfenwa.
uprightly Pep Guardiola was rewarded for fielding a powerful attack that included Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling, Ferran Torres, and Riyad Mahrez, and the holders made the perfect start to their mission.
At the Etihad Stadium, Guardiola also made debuts for Conrad Egan-Riley, Finley Burns, Luke Mbete, Josh Wilson-Ebrand, and Romeo Lavia.
After City made a hash of clearing a corner, Ryan Tafazolli’s miscued shot ran across the six-yard box to Hanlan, who tapped into an empty net.
But Guardiola’s men equalised seven minutes later when De Bruyne sprinted onto Foden’s pass and slotted into the far corner for his first goal since May.
Mahrez fired City in front with a crisp finish two minutes before the break after good work from Wilson-Ebrand.
Foden smashed in City’s third seconds later, collecting a short corner and drilling home from 25 yards.
Torres got the fourth after 71 minutes with a close-range finish and Mahrez’s tap-in and a first City goal for Cole Palmer capped the demolition.