Manchester City won the Carabao Cup after an edge-of-your-seat penalty shootout at Wembley on Sunday.
The Manchester club claimed the first major trophy of the season and Guardiola’s second Carabao Cup since he took charge. The Spaniard’s side still remain on course for a historic quadruple.
From a neutral’s point of view the final was certainly disappointing due to the lack of goals. It was, however, definitely a more equal affair compared to the clash at The Etihad previously. In that match, Man City hammered Chelsea 6-0, in an embarrassing result for the London side.
Chelsea were able to put up more of a fight throughout the entire 120 minutes. They gradually grew into the game and creating chances as the minutes passed. Eden Hazard was the main threat for the London side as he attempted to dribble past the Man City defence on multiple occasions.
Manchester City claimed the Carabao Cup without being their creative best. Pep Guardiola’s side had to consistently battle through the Chelsea back line in order to create anything and eventually had to settle for penalties; the only way they could break Chelsea’s resilience.
Ilkay Gundogan, Sergio Aguero and Bernardo Silva scored from the spot for Man City. Leroy Sane had his penalty saved by Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa. Despite the best efforts from the Spaniard it was to no avail as Raheem Sterling smashed in the winning penalty, hitting the crossbar on the way in.
Sterlings’ winning penalty won’t be what many fans remember from this cup final. The headlines have been taken up by the actions of Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. If you want to know what happened check out the following article here.
In conclusion the Carabao Cup final wasn’t a classic everyone was wishing for. On the other hand it certainly didn’t lack in controversy and excitement towards the end.