Manchester City won their fourth English League Cup! Manuel Pellegrini’s side at the legendary “Wembley” on penalties with 3: 1 celebrated against Liverpool.
Goals from Fernandinho and Philippe Coutinho ended a regular part of the game and the same result remained in an extra time, so teams from a penalty shootout were looking for a winner.
Despite starting bad with, Man City goalkeeper Wilfredo Caballero saved three penalties and brought his team the first season’s trophy.
Pre Match Video
Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool manager (on what it would mean to win a trophy in his first season at Liverpool, ahead of the League Cup final against Manchester City):
“To be honest I don’t know. I don’t know what it will mean to me, we will see afterwards. Of course, this job in professional football, we do it only to win things – titles, cups, whatever. A lot of players and managers have to work their whole life and they can be really successful, but they haven’t had the chance to win something. That’s how it is sometimes. After a very short chance we have the chance, so I’m sure will see in the game that we really want to win this, but what will happen? We have to wait a few more hours. That’s a pretty strong opponent in this moment. With the draw today it seems like it’s Liverpool against Manchester.”
Manuel Pellegrini, Manchester City coach on Friday (26 February) commented on the League Cup final against Liverpool.
(on how much he enjoys visiting Wembley with his team)
“Well, I’ve always said I don’t need to be a South American person. I think that for everyone Wembley is one of the most important stadiums in the world. I’ve always said that to play a final in that stadium creates a different atmosphere. I think that for every manager, for every team, for every player, to play a final at Wembley is a special thing. That’s why I respect so much every cup and that’s why it’s so important to try to arrive in the Capital One (League) Cup and FA Cup, to the final.
(on how winning the League Cup against Liverpool will bring his players confidence to challenge for the Premier league title)
“To win in February one title I think that gives you a lot of trust to continue fighting in the other competitions. In (the) Premier League after we finish on Sunday, we have to return to the Premier League. We have another 36 points to fight for then. We are six points behind the leader, but we will continue fighting until the end. We are not giving up, that’s why it gives you a lot of trust if you win this title.”
LIVERPOOL substitutes: Bogdan, Toure, Benteke, Allen, Lallana, Origi, Flanagan.
LIVERPOOL (4-2-3-1): Mignolet; Clyne, Lucas, Sakho, Moreno; Henderson (c), Can; Milner, Coutinho, Firmino, Sturridge.
MANCHESTER CITY substitutes: Hart, Kolarov, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Navas, Iheanacho, Bony.
MANCHESTER CITY (4-2-3-1): Caballero; Sagna, Kompany (c), Otamendi, Clichy; Toure, Fernando; Fernandinho, Silva, Sterling; Aguero.