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Oxford United: Karl Robinson looking forward to hosting Premier League champions

Karl Robinson has managed over 400 games in English football and is no stranger to facing Premier League giants in cup competitions.

25 September 2018

His Milton Keynes Dons side defeated Manchester United 4-0 in this competition in 2014, and tonight he will welcome current Premier League and Carabao Cup holders Manchester City to the Kassam Stadium in round three of the Carabao Cup.

Despite struggling with injuries and currently sitting second from bottom in the Sky Bet League One table, Karl Robinson and his Oxford United squad were in good spirits yesterday as the Carabao Cup trophy was present at the training ground ahead of tonight’s fixture.

Robinson is a big advocate of the Carabao Cup and admitted that he wants his side to enjoy the occasion tonight because it’s what the competition is all about.  

“We will approach the game with the fun aspect of it,” Robinson said.

“Sometimes in the world we live in, we can forget what football truly means to people and cup competitions. Fixtures like this give the fans something to look forward to and help the local community.

“Tonight will be great for us. Manchester City are arguably one of the biggest football clubs in the world and to get the greatest team in our country to Oxford United in the EFL is what this competition is all about and something we should be immensely proud of.”

Manchester City defeated Arsenal 3-0 in last year’s Carabao Cup final at Wembley Stadium to win the first silverware of the season and are early favourites for the competition again this season. 

“They’re the current holders of this competition, we’re second from bottom in League One so there’s no doubt it’ll be a hard night but I want to give some of my young players a chance tonight.

“I want them to experience playing against some of the top players in the world. Many of them could learn a lot from tonight and I want to give them that chance.  Football is about learning, as it this competition and these are fantastic opportunities that we as a club have to make the most of.

“It’s an occasion for everybody and an occasion for football.”

The Round Four draw for the Carabao Cup will take place live on Quest on the EFL highlight’s programme at 9pm on Saturday 29 September.

For more information on the draw click here.

You can follow all the Carabao Cup Round Three action via @Carabao_Cup on Twitter.

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