Manchester City is the 2020 Carabao Cup champions
Manchester City is the Carabao Cup champions for a third time in a row and took the bold step towards discovering their continuing treble ambitions with a difficult 2-1 win over Aston Villa at the Wembley Stadium.
A near-range top class finish from Sergio Kun Aguero prepares Pep Guardiola’s men on their way (19) to glory, before Rodri slashes hopes of an upset when he swiftly headed his team from Ilkay Gundogan’s bright corner with half-an-hour on the clock.
While it firstly seen as though Aston Villa would be on the conclude of a hiding from there, they saw a way back when Tanzania Mbwana Samatta became the fifth African player to score in EFL Cup final following John Stones’ massive error in the 41 mins.
After a sensational showing in the second half from the both side, it seems as though they might force a penalty shootout at the Wembley stadium when Bjorn Engels’ header was diverted onto the framework of the goal by Bravo, but Man City masterclass shows helped them hold for a fifth title in the last seven football seasons.
It’s quite surprising that Phil Foden is still only 19 years of age, given the number of years Guardiola’s insistence on holding tight to him as a squad and team player has been asked. A performance of this quality only adds more fire to that argument.
“Every minute I get, I try to do my best,”
“You look at players like Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva – it’s not going to be easy to get in the team. When I do, I just have to make the most of it. I’m just happy to play in this team.” Foden told Sky Sports’ Laura Woods after the final whistle.
Aston Villa’s Dean Smith after the game:
“We had a little chat right at the end there and I’m very proud of them but that’s the sort of performance we need to put in week in, week out. We went toe-to-toe with a top team today and if we do that every week and put in that performance then we’ll be OK.
“The focus will shift straight away now onto Premier League survival. We all saw results yesterday which has put us into the bottom three now, but we’ve got a game in hand and every game is a cup final to us.”
Man City’s Pep Guardiola after the game:
“Three times in a row is a big success. It’s the consistency and being there every day. It’s incredible.
“It was awesome. I think we struggled in the first minutes and the last ones. They had two clear chances in the first minutes, the header and the corner. But we played really well, especially second half with the 2-1. Sometimes you don’t know if you attack or just keep the result.”
There’s a fast U-Turn for Manchester City, who will pay a visit to Hillsborough to take on Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup fifth round on Wednesday, 4th March, 2020 at 8.45pm GMT.
Aston Villa have plenty of time to recover from the final trauma, nevertheless. They will face 3rd placed Leicester City in the Premier League on Monday night football, 9th March, 2020.