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Garcia hopes Carabao Cup outings help ‘prove’ he is ready for Man City game time

Eric Garcia is hoping his performances during Manchester City’s Carabao Cup campaign will help ‘prove’ he is ready for more first-team action for Pep Guardiola’s side.

The Spanish defender has started both of Man City‘s fixtures in the competition so far, impressing in Tuesday night’s win over Southampton as the holders progressed to the quarter-finals with a 3-1 win at the Etihad.

The 18-year-old admits the competition is important for his development as he bids to make a breakthrough, and is hopeful his performances so far have proved he is ready to handle the step-up to the senior set-up.

“With these games, it helps to be ready if someday I have the opportunity to play. Those type of games are the ones that are really helping me,” Garcia said, as per The Mirror.

“So I keep working and wait for my opportunity to prove I can also play.

“I’m really happy for the opportunity to play in the Carabao Cup. It’s very important for me. With the confidence the staff and the players give to me, on the pitch it’s very easy.

“Pep says just to play like I do always and be confident, be calm and speak with all the players, because they will help me and I need to help them as well.

“The staff and the players are helping me a lot. I have more contact with the defenders, because we play in the same position and we try to help each other.

“We’re a team. We’re all friends because it’s the key, when you’re going to play tough games in the Champions League and in the Premier League, to all be together.”

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