Like the 2017-18 season, football fans in India can watch the 2018-19 Carabao Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester City on MTV and VH1 on February 24, with the kick-off set for 22:00 IST. Jio users can watch this match on JioTV.
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This should come as a relief for the football fans in the country, who have been able to watch only a couple of matches from the previous rounds of this competition this season.
This is the first potential silverware that the two teams are competing for this season, though the Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, in his pre-match press conference said that the FA Community Shield was the first silverware for his team.
If you are a sports fan, chances are that you almost always have to rummage through TV listings and broadcast schedules to understand if your favourite football team or sportsperson is live on TV. And this scenario applies to the football fans in India, in particular, who are keen to follow their favourite football team and their journey in the various competitions during a season, but they don’t always manage to.
Last season’s final between eventual winner Manchester City and Arsenal, played at the Wembley Stadium, was also shown on MTV in India, after the previous rounds of fixtures weren’t viewable to the TV audience.
Until the 2016-17 season, this Cup competition was being shown on Ten Sports network, which was bought by Sony Pictures Network (SPN) in 2016. The League Cup broadcasting rights have not been bought by SPN.
As early as the third round, which is when the Premier League clubs who have qualified for European competitions enter the competition, Liverpool, who have won the competition eight times, played Chelsea in arguably the tie of the round, and fans of the two clubs and football fans in India were unable to watch that iconic fixture.
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