Leicester will be eyeing a tilt at the Carabao Cup after pushing into the quarter-finals with a 3-0 win over MK Dons.
The Foxes resumed their season in style after a 39-day break before the World Cup as goals from Youri Tielemans, Ayoze Perez and Jamie Vardy booked their place in the last eight.
With Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham already knocked out and one of Manchester City or Liverpool following them after their Thursday night draw, this year’s competition is a real chance to break the stranglehold of the top six clubs that went back to Swansea’s victory in 2013.
FA Cup winners in 2021, Leicester has a rich history in the League Cup with two memorable successes in 1997 and 2000 and will see themselves as one of the clubs capable of giving it their all.
Progress against the League One strugglers was never in doubt, with Tielemans and Perez scoring before the break and Vardy adding another in the second half.
The Dons, who are without a manager following the sacking of Liam Manning 10 days ago, were taken over by veteran midfielder Bradley Johnson when he filled in for interim boss Dean Lewington, who underwent hamstring surgery earlier in the day. coaching career.
The Foxes showed no signs of rust as they started well and squandered some decent chances by the time they took an 18-minute lead.
A defensive pass from Luke Thomas sent Harvey Barnes left and he looked poised to push off Vardy, but his cross was just behind the former England international, who quickly adapted and tried to tap the ball in from behind him.
It was saved by Dons goalkeeper Jamie Cumming, but the rebound fell straight to Tielemans, who drove home from 12 yards out.
The League One side’s attacking moments were fleeting, but they believed they should have taken a free kick, which would have certainly seen Leicester defender Wout Faes sent off after appearing to hack down Daniel Harvie on the edge of the box when he passed. target.
Referee Andre Marriner brushed off protests and less than 60 seconds later – in the 29th minute – it was 2-0 as the ruthless Premier League side killed their hosts on the counter-attack, with another Thomas ball freeing Perez and the Spaniard coolly went home. at the nearest station.
Leicester buried the game less than five minutes into the restart when Vardy scored his fourth goal of the season.
It was plated for him by a surefire cross from Timothy Castagne, allowing the striker to nod from close range.
Brendan Rodgers’ side, who still have James Maddison to return to the squad when they resume their Premier League campaign on Boxing Day, could have put in an even tougher run, but Castagne and Kelechi Iheanacho missed good chances.