It was all smiles for Pep Guardiola and his Manchester City side after they successfully defended their Carabao Cup title following a 4-3 penalty shootout win over Chelsea in the final at Wembley on Sunday.
City were held to a goalless affair in regulation and extra time by Chelsea before the Cityzens went on to prevail via penalty shootout.
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There was plenty of confusion at the Chelsea bench with the shootout beckoning as Blues boss, Maurizio Sarri, tried to replace first choice goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, with penalty specialist, Wilfredo Caballero.
However, after a much argument, the most expensive goalkeeper in the world refused to be substituted and was allowed by Sarri to remain on the pitch for the shootout.
Leroy Sane was the only player to miss for City, while the duo Jorginho and David Luiz, missed for Blues with Raheem Sterling netting the decisive kick to hand Guardiola and his side another piece of domestic silveware to celebrate.
“I’m so happy,” Guardiola said moments after the game “It was an incredible performance in the penalty shootout.”
“Anything can happen with penalties, we are happy to have won a trophy back-to-back for the first time. The important thing with penalties is to show personality, and we did it.”