Leeds United v Barnsley - Carabao Cup Second Round


Jesse Marsch reacts after drawing Wolves in the Carabao Cup third round

Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch has described drawing Wolves in the third round of the Carabao Cup as ‘terrible’.

The American has spoken today ahead of the Whites’ Premier League game against Brighton on Saturday.

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They are looking to continue their great start to 2022/23, after taking seven points from their first three games, which included a 2-1 win over Wolves on the opening day.

Wolves were a tad unfortunate not to get anything from that game.

But there will be a chance for revenge in November, with Wanderers being drawn against Leeds at Molineux in the third round.

Marsch was asked about the tie in his press conference today, and gave an honest response.

He said (via Leeds Live): “Terrible. Terrible, but mostly because we know Wolves is a really good team and that it won’t be easy.

“We’ve tried to build a squad that has more depth so that we can be ready for every challenge so that that will obviously be a big challenge for us in the third round. So yeah, not what we wanted, but whatever, we’ll be ready to go.”

There could be a bit of added spice to the game when it eventually rolls around.

After the final whistle blew in the game between the two teams a couple of weeks ago, Marsch and Lage had a little touchline altercation.

Marsch later revealed that he had sent Lage an olive branch in the form of an email. But the Wolves boss has apparently not yet responded, with Marsch acknowledging he is ‘busy’.

A chance for revenge for Bruno Lage and Wolves, as Jesse Marsch reacts to Carabao Cup draw

It is probably a draw that few fans, of either club, would have wanted.

But it represents a chance for Wolves to get revenge on Leeds after the Premier League result earlier this month.

And should Wolves win, then there’s a chance to go deep into the competition.

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For the third round, there are seven all-Premier League ties. So seven top-flight clubs will exit the competition fairly early doors.

Lage will not want his side to be one of them.

He put out a very strong team against Preston North End, and the manager will no doubt want to try and win the whole thing.